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Noticias / Minister Celso Correia at the launch of Mozambique's National Sustainable Development Program
The National Sustainable Development Program (PNDS), an initiative that aims to promote and regulate the sustainable use of natural resources, land organisation and environmental management, was officially launched in Bilene, Gaza province, yesterday.
The initiative was launched by the Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER), Celso Correia, during the sector’s Second Coordinating Council in the Praia do Bilene municipality.
Correia explained that the pioneering and innovative program has a portfolio of projects with a 15-year horizon expected to improve the income of the rural population by reducing poverty in rural areas by up to 45 percent, guarantee access to drinking water for 15 million people, and expand bioenergy generation to 4,000 megawatts by implementing renewable energy systems.
The construction of 1,500 kilometres of tertiary roads, bank coverage in all districts and access to land by registering five million occupations is also foreseen, as are raising the country’s elephant population to 17,500 and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 72.8 million tons per year.
“This is a response to the challenges of the National Rural Development Strategy 2007-2025, and aggregates all ongoing rural development initiatives in the country with a view to better plan current and future actions in the light of rural development,” Correia said.
He pointed to the recent launch by President Filipe Nyusi of the “One District, One Bank” initiative, intended to extend bank coverage to all districts in the country.
Investment in the improvement of infrastructure at the rural level, the construction of some 400 kilometres of roads, the rehabilitation of five rural markets and supporting 16,712 local producers, of whom 8,468 are women, are other examples from the program.
Correia added that MITADER reaffirmed its commitment to managing Mozambicans land and natural resources harmoniously and efficiently, and yesterday launched a new ministry website in an initiative aligned with the government’s program to expand access to information.Source: Noticias