The Observador
May 2, 2018

Mozambique is to invest some US $100 million in conservation areas by 2023,
Celso Correia, Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, said

“The Government of Mozambique, in close coordination with its strategic
partners, has foreseen over the next five years the investment of more than
100 million dollars in community projects,” he said.

The money will be directed towards “conservation agriculture and
construction of economic and social infrastructure for the districts that
integrate the national parks and reserves that cover 25% of the territory,”
he added.

The governor spoke on Wednesday at an international meeting to assess plans
of action to combat ivory trafficking, to be held in Maputo by Friday. That
funding was singled out as one of the pieces in the strategy to reduce
organized crime that threatens elephants and other species in Mozambique.

“We are fully aware that we will not win this fight solely with our
approach to community development,” he added, noting that the country has
taken important steps on the ground.

In April, authorities seized three tonnes of ivory in a container ready to
be exported from the port of Maputo to Cambodia. Celso Correia pointed to
the case as a sign of the commitment of the institutions.

The meeting that runs from Wednesday to Friday in the Mozambican capital
brings together representatives of justice administration institutions and
defense and security forces, as well as financial entities.

It is a regular event organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the International
Consortium for Combating Crime against Wildlife (ICCWC).

The initiative is supported by the UK Government.

This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.