On September 14th in Washington, D.C., The ICCF Group hosted His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique, for a U.S. Congressional Member Dinner to recognize his leadership in expanding conservation efforts in Mozambique.
Mozambique is a country rich in biodiversity and dependent on natural resources for its economic development. Under President Nyusi’s direction, the Government of Mozambique has committed to make the protection of Mozambique’s national parks and biodiversity a priority and ensure that sound natural resource management plays a key role in Mozambique’s national development plans.
Highlighted in particular was the President’s extension of the public-private partnership between the Government of Mozambique and the nonprofit Gorongosa Restoration Project to rehabilitate Gorongosa National Park, which ranks among the most important and biodiverse landscapes on the continent. Greg Carr, President of the Gorongosa Restoration Project, was on hand to thank President Nyusi for his continued commitment and share the story of one of Africa’s most successful conservation and development projects. In Gorongosa, Carr and his team are spearheading efforts to rebuild the park’s ecosystem, support the socio-economic development of its surrounding communities, and create a sustainable tourism destination.
Also addressing the evening’s attendees, which included members of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus, ambassadors, the CEO of the National Geographic Society and leaders of other ICCF business and NGO partner organizations, were the Rt. Honourable Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme; Dr. Naoko Ishii, President and CEO of the Global Environment Facility; Eric Postel, Associate Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society. U.S. Senators Chris Coons and Jeff Flake, who have each had the opportunity to experience Mozambique’s natural beauty, also applauded President Nyusi and the Gorongosa Restoration Project for their dedication to preserving Mozambique’s vast natural wealth.
In Mozambique, The ICCF Group is supporting a parliamentary agenda for sustainable management of the country’s natural resources, working with members of the Assembly of the Republic to develop programs and actions focused on sustainable natural resource management by providing sound information and models for public-private partnerships that invest in natural resources. The ICCF Group has also worked with the Government of Mozambique to facilitate the signing of the bilateral Agreement on the Coordinated Conservation and Management of the Niassa-Selous Ecosystem between Mozambique and Tanzania as part of the implementation of the Arusha Declaration on Regional Conservation & Combating Wildlife/Environmental Crime. Around the globe, The ICCF Group has expanded its successful caucus model, with a network of parliamentary conservation caucuses in Botswana, Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.