Verde Azul concluded last April, with great success, another project that involved the collection and study of Basic Data for the IUCN program “SUSTAIN-Africa” (“Sustainability and inclusion strategy for growth corridors in Africa”).

The activities implemented by SUSTAIN aim to increase the knowledge, skills and capacities of communities, companies and the government, both nationally and locally, in the management of water, land and ecosystems in order to promote Inclusive Green Growth. SUSTAIN’s focus in Mozambique is the geographic scope of the Zambezi Valley Development Agency and the areas selected for SUSTAIN are located in the Zambezi Corridor, in Tete Province, in the districts of Cahora Bassa, Marara and Magoé.

Through the review and analysis of policy documents, programs and projects related to inclusive green growth, and fieldwork in Maputo and Tete (interviews with key informants and a survey of companies), the Verde Azul team collected data for 22 of the 34 indicators defined as priorities by SUSTAIN.

This study concludes that most of the stakeholders interviewed had some kind of knowledge about the concepts that Inclusive Green Growth implies (climate, gender balance and integration, social integration and inclusive growth) and that these are incorporated in their plans and modus operandi, however the indicators they use may not be the same as those that SUSTAIN designed.

Of the recommendations of this study, the following stand out:

  • Strengthening the dialogue with the institutions that are coordinating government plans for the Zambezi Valley region in order to strengthen the practice of Inclusive Green Growth in the activities they implement;
  • Reinforcement of dialogue with the public and private / business sectors at district / local level for a periodic update of the SUSTAIN M&E structure.
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