The application of NbS is accelerated through the building of partnerships between public, private and community actors while promoting and piloting a performance-based forest incentive scheme that is innovative within Mozambique’s local context. NIRAS’s support particularly emphasises community buy-in, as participation is vital to the success of NbS, which includes a focus on establishing climate-smart, sustainable and alternative livelihoods. If results – including those of the new type of forest incentive scheme – are positive, PFGS will be scaled-up nationwide in Mozambique. So far, the outcome looks promising.
Nature-based solutions as a key to secure our future
Investing in NbS or ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is one of the best ways to secure our future and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as we must act now if we want life and living conditions to be sustainable for future generations.
Lessons learned from the project by NIRAS regarding forest ecosystem restoration show that management of natural regeneration is a relatively new activity, therefore training is needed for all involved. Beneficiary voluntary participation must be strengthened in order to ensure ownership. Fire protection is also a major concern and therefore, PFGS aims to pre-finance forest management fire protection activities such as individual tree protection, fire breaks, and early cool burning. Native forests are being rapidly replaced by subsistence farming fields. It is important to consider restoring and/or managing larger native forest areas within beneficiaries with DUAT and create examples of native forests that can produce sustainable measurable benefits for all. Results of restoration works - both ecological, economic, social and environmental - take a long time to realise and have an impact and therefore, the minimum term of a restoration programme should be at least 5 years. This creates some challenges as well as a need for global investors with aim to ensure that results are sustained well.
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