MozParks fully accepts its responsibility to the natural environment and the surrounding communities. It views action in the greenbelt areas around its parks as a long-term commitment to the environment and to the neighbouring communities. As such, it is ambitiously tackling the rejuvenation and preservation of the 260 hectares Green Belt around Beluluane Industrial Park in Boane.
The green belt is established to protect the sensitive indigenous plants along the banks of the Matola River and will also encourage respect for indigenous plants, many of which have traditional health and nutritious values. This initiative is carried out in partnership with the Eden Reforestation Projects and is an extension of the commitment made by MozParks in June 2020 which was supported by the governor of Maputo.
The goals of the MozParks and Eden Projects reforestation programme include:
The rejuvenation of mangroves, the replanting of indigenous terrestrial trees, especially those bearing fruit high in vitamin c, and the preservation of existing indigenous trees in the 260 hectares of Green Belt .
The establishment of a nursery within BIP to supply tree saplings for the reestablishment of the Green Belt and to educate local community members on how indigenous fruit bearing trees can be propagated
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The creation of employment opportunities for community members in running the nursery and in replanting
The education and increased awareness on the importance and long term benefits of indigenous trees and plants and the value of greenbelts and green spaces for communities
The launch of the project on the 29th of April 2022 in Boane, was attended by Aida Sulemane Directora Provincial de Desenvolvimento Territorial e Ambiente who said in her address that she was honoured to be present at this important partnership between industry and conservation.
Onório Manuel, the General Manager of MozParks, said that MozParks is aiming to be a role model in sustainable industrial development in Mozambique. It is continuously seeking opportunities to partner with projects that do not only provide industrial and business growth, but also make a positive impact on increasing local employment and creating an ecologically friendly environment. “Our legacy should not be money, but rather protecting and creating a healthy habitat”.
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Dr Gildo Cuamba, the director of Eden Reforestation Project in Mozambique said that to date, Eden has planted 72 million trees in Mozambique, and they are committed to this strategic partnership with MozParks. They look forward to a long-term partnership as MozParks expands throughout the country. This, he believes, supports their mission of “Plant trees and save lives”.
Representatives from DUYS engineering company who attended the ceremony, welcomed the initiative by MozParks and Eden Projects and their comments supported those of David Scheepers from Capital Star Steel who reiterated that this initiative would have long term benefits with the potential for enviro-activities such as cycling and birding
About MozParks. MozParks invests in, develops and operates industrial parks, agro-parks, and special economic zones in Mozambique. It is a Public-Private-Partnership between the Mozambican Government Agency for Investment & Export Promotion (APIEX) and Swiss-Mozambican investors. MozParks owns Mozambique’s largest industrial parks combined with free-trade zones. It also offers attractive exemptions on customs duties and tax approved by the Mozambican Government.
About Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden Projects). Eden Projects is an NGO that works in developing countries to rebuild natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation. Eden works directly with villages and communities who have been negatively impacted by deforestation and destruction of the land that traditionally sustained them. The organisation provides employment, education and tools necessary to plant, grow, and protect trees.
In 2018, the Eden Reforestation Projects launched its activities in Mozambique beginning with rebuilding the mangrove ecosystem near Maputo. In the first three months of planting, over 280 000 mangrove trees were sourced, planted, and protected by the local workforce.