FAO assisted the Government of Mozambique in the development of a new legal framework for forest and wildlife management (1995-2000) and in the development of a national strategy for law implementation and capacity building (2003-2005). The legislation and the strategy take into account the overall land tenure and natural resources management policies of the country, focusing on participatory approaches to promote the adequate use and conservation of the resources for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Legal instruments to promote benefit sharing with local communities are now in place, such as the 20% tax sharing Decree that benefits the local communities of the areas where commercial activities in forestry and wildlife are being implemented. The Government is making efforts to allocate more financial resources to build capacity in the decentralized units of the forest service and in partner organizations, to further promote law implementation in the sector.

Some relevant documents:

Forests and Wildlife Law (Portuguese and English)

Bila A. (Maio, 2005); Estratégia Nacional para a Fiscalização Participativa de Florestas e Fauna Bravia; DNFFB/MADER; Maputo/Moçambique

Del Gatto, F. (Septembre, 2003); Illegal and Uncontrolled Forest Production and Trade and Forest Law Compliance: How Do We Get From Here To There? (Document de travail préliminaire)

Del Gatto, F. (Septembre, 2003); Forest Law Enforcement in Mozambique An Overview; DNFFB/MADER; Maputo/Moçambique

Bila, A. (2004); Apresentação do Manual de Legislação de Florestas e Fauna Bravia; DNFFB/MADER; Maputo/Moçambique

last updated:  Monday, June 11, 2007