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EU ambassador António Sanchez Gaspar and Cabo Delgado governor Júlio Parruque officially launched the project. Photo: Redes Ibo
The European Union has disbursed around 900,000 Euros for tourism development projects on Ibo Island in Cabo Delgado province.
Called Redes Ibo [Ibo Networks], the initiative aims to promote sustainable tourism, nature conservation and culture in what was once the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado.
Redes Ibo began in 2016, and reports indicate that almost half the programme has already been implemented. The European Union ambassador, António Sanchez Gaspar, nevertheless took the opportunity of his first visit to Cabo Delgado to officially launch the project with Cabo Delgado governor Júlio Parruque.
Started in 2016 and with a horizon up to 2020, the project promotes local socio-economic development with a focus on tourism management, strengthening civil society, training and employment for youth and women, environmental education and infrastructure improvement.
EU Ambassador Antonio Sanchez-Benedito and the Governor of the Province, Julio Parruque, witnessed the launch of the REDES IBO project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the OIKOS Institute, in collaboration with the Eco-Mozambique Foundation, the district and provincial governments , the Quirimbas National Park and Lúrio University (Unilúrio).
In addition to the European Union funding, Ibo will continue to receive support from Spain for the rehabilitation of the island’s historic heritage.
Now 257 years old, Ibo Island is considered the oldest village in Mozambique, and was the first capital of Cabo Delgado province.
Source: O País / União Europeia em Moçambique