We have decided to close down tourism in Gorongosa National Park until further notice. We want to play our part in reducing movement and transmission of this disease that has the potential to profoundly affect the communities surrounding the Park.
The Gorongosa Project serves approximately 200,000 people living in the Gorongosa National Park’s Buffer Zone. A former hunting concession, Coutada 12 , is being added to the Park, and we hope soon to incorporate the Marromeu Reserve at the Indian Ocean, bringing the stretch of the Park from Mountain to Mangrove.
As we expand the conservation areas we manage, our Buffer Zone will grow as well. We anticipate that we will be delivering our human development services to nearly 250,000 people in the near future.
Over the next thirty years, we want to lift every family in the Gorongosa Buffer Zone out of poverty.
This means larger farms with some mechanization and access to the value-chain, i.e. markets.
This means more non-farm employment in service industries, factories and construction.
This means investment and planning in clean, green cities that attract people from underserved rural areas.
Gorongosa Park is the economic engine that will drive this positive change.
Our large-scale agroforestry initiative with enduring socio-economic and environmental benefits. The program targets one of the most important hotspots for biodiversity in the region and one of the most politically contentious areas in Mozambique. Gorongosa Coffee works with local farmers and their families living in three remote communities. These communities all endorse a common vision of the integrated relationship between sustainable land use, community development, and conservation value. We are currently selling our coffee internationally.
A broad range of interventions throughout the value chain from input provision, production, processing and marketing. Furthermore, the program addresses sustainable productivity, income and resilience, while also preserving biodiversity through agroforestry. Since inception of the project in 2017, the program established four cashew nurseries with capacity to produce 250,000 seedlings, trained 1414 farmers, and distributed approximately 135 000 cashew seedlings and 7000 kg of Fertilizer (SSP) to beneficiaries.
We promote sustainable beekeeping practices, as environmentally friendly and high income potential enterprise for small-holding farm families. We help create sustainable livelihoods for communities while contributing to improve conservation of biodiversity and delivery of ecosystem services in the greater Gorongosa Landscape. Since inception, we have trained 135 professional beekeepers through 17 Lead beekeepers, distributed 666 hives, and helped create an effective biocontrol of human-animal conflict, using bee-hive fences in dozens of locations.
The Ecotourism program aims to create an experience in nature that is transformational; exposing guests to the awe-inspiring landscapes and wildlife of Gorongosa National Park. The key activities of this program include: skills building and training for local staff, developing tourism infrastructure and promoting Gorongosa and Mozambique as a tourism destination. The creation of a thriving tourism industry in Gorongosa not only contributes towards the long-term sustainability of the Park, but contributes to the overall attractiveness of Mozambique, and particularly the protected areas around the country.
We have recently received project funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to start engaging with the local communities in setting up community conservancies, which could potentially sustainably manage and utilize their forest resources. Forests play a fundamental role in providing a number of ecological and environmental services, such as carbon sequestration, water purification, erosion control, clean air, as well as ensuring food security,
Advance an integrated multi-partner approach to conservation and to people-centred development. The Gorongosa Project protects the Park’s biodiversity and ecosystem services and unlocks its economic potential for the community inhabitants of the Gorongosa Buffer Zone, Sofala Province, Mozambique and further afield.
A thriving, biodiversity-rich, Greater Gorongosa conservation landscape, which supports Sofala Province as an engine for resilient and sustainable development enabling nature experiences and wellbeing for its people, enriching all of Mozambique and the world.
A Park for Peace
On 1 August, 2019 a historic ceremony was held in Gorongosa to celebrate the Cessation of Hostilities Accord between the leaders of the Government of Mozambique and the opposition Renamo Party. The accord established Gorongosa National Park (GNP) as a ‘Park for Peace’, delivering human development to the communities that share the greater landscape.