Deforestation in Mozambique: Area felled grew 6.7% in 2018 - INE
Photo: Conselho Executivo Provincial do Niassa
On Earth Day 2022, the U.S. Government reaffirms its support for conservation law enforcement and sustainable forest management in the Niassa Special Reserve (NSR), Mozambique’s largest protected area. Working in partnership with the National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC), Wildlife Conservation Society, and private NSR concessionaires, these programs improve the protection of forests, water, and wildlife while improving the economic development of communities within the reserve.
Since 2015, the U.S. Government has committed $28 million in programs supporting the Niassa Special Reserve. Various segments of the U.S. Government contribute to build NSR staff capacity to support managing natural resources and combating wildlife and timber crimes. These agencies include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the United States Forest Service (USFS). These programs and partnerships with Mozambican government agencies have yielded great results:
“U.S. Government support to the Niassa Special Reserve preserves an essential protected area and its large elephant populations, and our support helps increase household incomes and agricultural production in surrounding communities,” said U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique Peter H. Vrooman. “This work also helps Mozambique stop international criminal networks that fuel corruption and rob communities of their natural capital.” Larger than the country of Switzerland, the NSR is recognized as the most important protected area in Mozambique, crucial for the global conservation of wildlife, especially the African lion, wild dog and elephant.
Protecting wildlife, improving natural resource management, and promoting community involvement in conservation efforts in and around protected areas are critical components of the broader U.S. Government assistance in Mozambique. In close collaboration with the Government of Mozambique, the U.S. Government provides more than $500 million in annual assistance to help Mozambicans build a healthier, more democratic, more secure, and more prosperous county for all.
Additional Information on U.S. Government Support for the Niassa Special Reserve: