CBCS sees adoption of ecological compensation in Mozambique

CBCS Deputy Director Professor Martine Maron has been engaged in the development and refinement of new regulation and policy for Mozambique to help ensure environmental impacts are minimised and, where unavoidable, compensated for through conservation gains in priority areas.

The Target-Based Ecological Compensation approach, the development of which was led by CBCS’s Dr Jeremy Simmonds, Professor Martine Maron and Professor James Watson, is reflected in the approach to ecological compensation being adopted by Mozambique. This impact has been made possible through ongoing and direct engagement with the Mozambican government and relevant NGOs. For example, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in partnership with the National Directorate for Environment (DINAB) and BIOFUND, is implementing the COMBO Project “Conservation, Mitigation of Impacts and Biodiversity Offsets in Africa”, which aims to improve the application of the mitigation hierarchy of environmental impacts in Mozambique, and support the government in the development of mechanisms for the implementation of biodiversity offsets in the country.

CBCS staff are partners in the project and Professor Maron delivered the February 2019 training course on offsetting to over 50 participants from government, industry and academia, organised in partnership by the COMBO Project, BIOFUND and the Department of Biological Sciences at Eduardo Mondlane University.

Photo: Professor Martine Maron and partners at Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, 2019

Project members

Professor Martine Maron

Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science
School of the Environment

Dr Jeremy Simmonds

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Earth and Environmental Science
Maron Ecology and Conservation Policy Lab

Professor James Watson

Senior Research Fellow
School of the Environment