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Six Natural Resource Management Committees (CGRN) in the Muanza district of Sofala province had their areas delimited and documented on Friday, hopefully preventing land conflicts between communities.
The six are Nhansato, Galinha-sede, Honve, Chenapamimba, Nhamassindzira and Wiriquize, part of a project to demarcate community lands and revitalise the management committees.
According to Paulo Domingos Bene, the manager of the Research and Consulting Centre (CEPEC), the company that carried out the delimitation and documentation, the process lasted more than a year.
Bene said that the project’s main objective was to involve the Natural Resources Management Committees.
“This programme included various activities ranging from the legalisation and publication of the statutes in the government gazette [Boletim da Republica], delimitation and others,” said Bene.
Bene added that members of committees and community leaders were now equally trained in legislation, land conflicts, and other relevant issues.
Tiago Lidimba, the manager of the Initiative for Community Lands (ITC),the programme’s financing company, said that his institution complemented government efforts in the implementation of the land law.
The ITC had disbursed about 2.5 million meticais on the materialisation of the project. “This is one of a range of projects. We have seven projects in Sofala province, some already finished and others still ongoing,” Lidimba said.
In turn, Muanza administrator Admira Feliciano called on committee members to continue to preserve forest and marine resources, bearing in mind that the district is on the coast.
“Each community already has its boundary and its documentation. We appeal to the committee chairpersons to implement what they learned in the training they underwent,” Admira said.
The beneficiaries were pleased to have their areas demarcated and documented.
“I am very happy because our committee is already documented. We will continue to work to preserve our resources,” chairman of the Nhamassimdzira Natural Resources Management Committee Zacarias Francisco João said.