Forest law enforcement
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: