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  • Victory for Biological Diversity

    20 Dec, 2017 – 11:30 am

    Approval of the General Regulation for the  Law of Protection, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity

    The Government of Mozambique transmitted an important signal for biodiversity conservation, by approving the General Regulation for the Law of Protection, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity

    The Government of Mozambique transmitted an important signal for biodiversity conservation, by approving the General Regulation for the Law of Protection, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity

    In November 2017, the Government of Mozambique reached an important milestone for biodiversity conservation in the country, by approving the General Regulation for the Law of Protection, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity (Law No. 5/2017, or “the Conservation Law”).  SPEED+ technical assistance to the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) in 2017 led to the rapid finalization and approval of the revised Conservation Law and the related General Regulation.  The revised Law updates the prior Conservation Law 6/2014, particularly in the area of penalties, fines and prosecution of wildlife trafficking and poaching crimes.  Mozambique has significant elephant poaching, and lost over half of its elephant population between 2010-2015.  There have been no records of rhinos in animal counts undertaken over last 5 years, indicating a high probability that the rhino population has already been exterminated in the country.  Mozambique is also a route for trafficking illegal ivory and horn from around the region.  The reformed Conservation Law and Regulation, supported by SPEED+, provides new powers and tools to the authorities to address this threat to biological diversity from international organized crime syndicates.

    The National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) had been engaged in the process of drafting the General Regulation for the previous Conservation Law (Law No. 16/2014) since 2015.  In 2017, ANAC requested the support of the SPEED+ project to: a) energize and assist the working groups previously established to provide feedback on the Regulation, particularly through increased understanding of the overall content and structure; b) integrate contributions of the working groups and harmonize across the Regulation; c) organize and facilitate the public consultation process; and d) finalize the draft Regulation, incorporating feedback from the public consultation. This assistance resulted in the successful drafting and approval of the General Regulation, and will be followed with additional technical assistance to develop specific regulations for activities such as game bird management and game farming.

    The passage of the revised Conservation Law and General Regulation transmits an important signal that the Government is committed to combating wildlife crimes, improving management of conservation areas, and supporting private sector partnerships that contribute to sustainable biological diversity in Mozambique.  SPEED+ will continue to support public engagement, dissemination of the Law and Regulations, and technical assistance for enforcement.


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