Call for Proposals for Research Funding on Problems and Solutions for Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation in Mozambique

The Embassy of Sweden would like to announce a Call for Proposals launched with UNDP. 

Detailed information is available here.

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to incentivize and increase the capacity of collaboration between public and private sectors to generate knowledge on climate change and promote innovative measures for national development in the line with the 5th priority of the Government five year plan (PQG 2015-2019): promote studies and research “aiming the disaster risks reduction and adaptation to climate change” and “reduce the communities economy and infrastructures vulnerability to climate risks and natural disasters”. 
The Embassy would like to encourage everyone to apply for this opportunity.

June 3-4, 2015 - International Forum On Conservation and Sustainable Development

BIOFUND, Mozambique’s Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity, will host an international forum entitled "Conservation as a Pillar of Development", on June 3-4, 2015. The forum will analyze how conservation in general and a protected areas network in particular can and must contribute to national development, increasing human well being, livelihoods, and provision of ecosystem goods and services essential for robust and sustainable socio-economic development.

The highlight of the Forum will be the formal launch of the BIOFUND – an innovative conservation trust fund supporting Mozambique’s globally outstanding protected area network. The forum is co-sponsored by National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC).

Mozambique is rich in living natural resources providing valuable ecosystem services essential for the long-term sustainable development of the country. Mozambique’s National Protected Areas Network plays a critical role in safeguarding these valuable natural assets. Mozambique possesses 14 major ecological regions, many of global terrestrial and marine. These regions include the Agulhas Current; East Africa Marine Ecoregion; Lakes of the Rift Valley; Mangroves of East Africa; Forests of the South Rift Mountains; Central and Eastern Miombo; Maputaland- Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot and the Zambezi Wetlands. The National Protected Area Network is comprised of 7 National Parks, 11 National Reserves, 22 game reserves, 52 game farms, and 14 forest reserves, covering most of the nation’s ecoregions and biomes and totaling over 23% of Mozambican territory.

BIOFUND is a conservation trust fund created in 2011 through an international outstanding protected area network. BIOFUND was designed based on practice standards for conservation trust funds, recently adopted by the Conservation Finance Alliance. BIOFUND’s General Assembly and Board of Directors are composed of prominent individuals, both national and international, drawn from government, the private sector, the conservation sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and donors. Cooperation (KfW), French Development Agency, United Nations Development Programme / Global Environment Facility (UNDP / GEF), World Bank / GEF, United States Agency for International Development, Conservation International / Global Conservation Fund (CI/GCF), and World Wide Fund for Nature.

December 2014 of grant agreements with KfW for EUR 10 million and the World Bank / GEF for USD 3.2 million, and in February 2015 with CI / GCF for USD 1 million.

BIOFUND respectfully requests that you save the dates of June 3-4, 2015 to attend the international forum in Maputo and participate in this celebration and international deliberation on the roles of BIOFUND and conservation in securing a sustainable future for Mozambique. A formal invitation and full program for the forum will be circulated soon.

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