World Forestry Day:"Preserving Forests and Biodiversity in Mozambique"
Today is World Forestry day! A date consecrated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of forests in maintaining ecosystems and sustainable development.
In Mozambique, a forest-rich country, deforestation accounts for most of the carbon dioxide emissions, thus contributing to global warming. The destruction of forests has harmful effects on biodiversity and the survival of local communities.
Sweden has a wide and long experience in the area of sustainable management of forests and biodiversity. Currently, Sweden contributes to efforts undertaken by the Government of Mozambique to create and improve forestry management mechanisms through programs that offer support and technical assistance to the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development, implemented by WWF and the World Bank respectively. Sweden has already contributed about US$ 10 million to these programs, with support expected to increase by about US$ 20 million over the next 5 years.
"We are very pleased with the measures and actions taken by the Mozambican Government to preserve the forests and the livelihoods of local communities. We are confident that measures such as operation tronco will continue to expose unlawful acts by operators violating the forestry law."- said Irina Schoulgin Nyoni, Swedish Ambassador in Mozambique