Mozambique adopts Green Economy Action Plan

Dec 13, 2013

The Government of Mozambique, on December 15, 2013, adopted the Green Economy Action Plan for the transition period 2013/2014. The government defines the green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological inadequacies.

For the implementation of this action plan, the Government advocates a cleaner economy that is less carbon intensive, efficient and socially inclusive in natural resources.

Speaking at a press conference minutes after the end of the session , the Deputy Minister for Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA ) , Ana Chichava explained that the plan is a concept for the rational and sustainable use of natural resources through the integration of three pillars of sustainable development, namely economic , social and environmental development.

"That means to be able to implement any development activity we first of all have to analyze what will be the economic gain, what will be the social and the environmental impact," said Ana Chichava.

It is envisaged that the adopted Plan of Action for the Green Economy will be fully integrated into Mozambique’s Five Year Plan for the period 2015-2019 process.

The plan aims to guide the integration of policies, practices and environmentally sustainable actions to make Mozambique an "inclusive country, middle-income, based on the protection, restoration and rational use of natural capital and ecosystem services, ensuring an inclusive development and efficiently within the planetary boundaries".

UNDP has supported the development of this Green Economy Action Plan in the context of the Rio +20 conference on the environment and development.  

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