Through the “Ecological School-Seeds for the Future” project, Verde Azul, a company linked to the development and management of environmental projects, recently promoted education and awareness campaigns for students, teachers and administrative assistants in seven (7) primary schools in Maputo province. The initiative was supported by the Cooperativa de Educação Ambiental Repensar in partnership with AMAIA (Mozambican Association for Environmental Impact Assessment), CDM (Cervejas de Moçambique) and Associação Yinguissa.
As part of the project, Verde Azul carried out awareness campaigns on the importance of conserving biodiversity by organizing lectures from room to room and in school yards. In addition, it provided didactic material to encourage students to investigate and understand the environment. It also promoted cleaning campaigns on the Costa do Sol beach, water conservation and tree planting actions. The project in question encompasses the Escola Primária Completa do Jardim, the Escola Primária Completa Costa do Sol, the Escola Primária Completa 24 de Julho, Colégio Arco-Íris, the Escola Comunitária Hitankula and the Escola Primária Completa Gungunhana. According to Bruno Dias, Communication Officer at Verde Azul, some of the activities included “training twenty-five (25) students belonging to the 4th, 5th and 6th grades, revitalization of the school Environmental Club, education for solid and liquid waste management”.
Regarding the promotion of the Blue Economy, Verde Azul believes that the practice can catapult Mozambique’s economic development by making the country a source of knowledge in terms of maritime conservation. The opportunities that exist in the area of scientific research and conservation can create more jobs and businesses related to the area. Verde Azul’s campaigns regarding the Blue Economy are based on the fact that more than 60% of the Mozambican population lives along the coast, which provides the meeting of rivers and the enrichment of the surrounding natural landscapes. Mangroves, reefs, rivers and marine species are part of complex and symbiotic ecosystems, when one of these ecosystems changes, the impact is felt along the entire value chain, reducing the country’s resilience to climate change and exacerbating extreme events that directly affect the safety of the population and their livelihoods.
Thus, Verde Azul believes that it is essential to mitigate the impacts of maritime pollution and enhance marine resources, implementing and monitoring new environmental policies that protect ecosystems and that promote local communities. Kemal Vaz, General Director of Verde Azul, believes that “greater involvement of the government and supervisory authorities is necessary in partnership with civil society and the private sector”. It is necessary to consolidate environmental mechanisms and policies so that there is greater coordination between communities, coastal protection mechanisms, the government and the private sector ”.
Taking into account the challenges posed by the pandemic, the company has implemented new methodologies and systems for preventing Covid-19 in all its projects, from social distancing, hand disinfection to the correct use of the mask.