The Italian government is going to fund the mangrove restoration project on Inhaca Island and Maputo Bay in Mozambique.
According to the person responsible for the environment at the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development, Paolo Misté, a study is currently being carried out by the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), in partnership with the Mozambican Institute of Oceanography, and should be completed this year, with the aim of determining the quantities and areas that will benefit from the mangrove restoration project.
Quoted by the Mozambican Information Agency (AIM), the source explained that the initiative is part of a project funded by the Italian government to the tune of three million euros, equivalent to 202.6 million meticais, in partnership with the Inhaca Maritime Biology Station (EBMI).
“The initiative focuses on raising awareness among coastal dwellers about mangrove management. The project aims to create ways for the people who harvest mangroves to survive,” said Paolo Misté.
He also added that Italy will support the governments of Mozambique and Zimbabwe to the tune of five million euros, corresponding to 337.7 million meticais, for the management and restoration of the miombo forest, and that this project should start in the first half of next year.