Program Overview

Mozambique is a country rich in natural resources and is one the few sub-Saharan countries with a significant portion of natural forests, which cover about 43% of its territory (34 million hectares) storing approximately 5.2 billion tCO2eq of carbon.

In the central-coastal region, Zambézia Province is home to lush forests, fertile soils, river systems and an extensive coastline. Covering over 10 million ha, Zambézia offers untapped opportunity for sustainable and equitable economic growth, yet unsustainable agriculture, poor management of natural resources, along with rapid population expansion and poverty, threaten forests and fragile rural livelihoods.

To fight forest loss, along with promoting new institutions and policies for environmental protection and sustainable rural development, in 2013, the national government of Mozambique set in motion an ambitious program in the Province of Zambézia for reducing deforestation and forest degradation, while at the same time improving the lives of rural populations. The program has been crucial in decreasing forest loss ever since. 

Different national ministries, local governments, farmers groups, and local communities are joining forces through this initiative to make sure this trajectory continues. Through the Zambézia Integrated Landscape Management Program, Mozambique is showing its commitment to playing an active role and pursuing strong action on forest loss.


Name of Jurisdictional Program
Zambézia Integrated Landscape Management Program

Program area or jurisdiction
Zambézia Province

Commodities Overview

Source: FAOSTAT Crop Database

For a visualization of trade flows and export volumes by commodity type visit Mozambique’s page on the Observatory of Economic Complexity

Get in touch with (*) producer organizations to explore preferential sourcing options in the Zambezia province!

CJA Assessment

Applicable Standard:

The Zambézia Integrated Landscape Management Program is a jurisdictional initiative that was formally approved under the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF-CF) in January 2019. 

Eligibility status under CJA:

Since the Carbon Fund is one of CJA’s pre-qualified standards, this program qualified for Pathway 2 of confirmation of eligibility under CJA. 

The Jurisdictional program is in substantial compliance with all 6 of the CJA eligibility criteria. Though the forest monitoring system required by Criteria 2 is not yet fully operational, the FCPF standard administrators have determined that the Jurisdictional program is on track for full operation. Therefore, the program area (Zambezia province) qualifies under the CJA and is eligible for preferential commodity sourcing. The screening to confirm eligibility against CJA criteria was conducted in 2019. 


Type of Jurisdiction
Sub-national (province)
Type of Assessment
Pathway 2: Confirmation of eligibility
Applicable Standards
FCPF-Carbon Fund

Assessment Results:

National Determined Contribution (NDC) with forest and/or land use commitments
Active Engagement of different stakeholders
Strong Political Support
Social and Environmental Safeguards Reporting
Forest Monitoring System and baseline
Action Plan to reduce forest loss


Fully met
Partially met
Not met

Contact Information

Entity responsible of program management: National Fund for Sustainable Development (FNDS)
Name: Tomas Bastique, REDD+ Unit in Zambezia province
Email/phone:; (+258) 84 49 63 140

Commodity/Agriculture-based institution: Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MASA)
Name: Mahomed Valá
Email/phone: (+258) 21415103

Producer organization: Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA)
Name: Assane Chaual
Email/phone:; (+258) 82 57 30 890

Civil Society organization supporting program: Etc Terra
Name: Corentin Mercier
Email:; (+258) 84 87 11 327

Other relevant initiatives in the jurisdiction

  • Integrated Agriculture and Landscape Project (SUSTENTA)
  • Forest Investment Project (MozFIP
  • Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Local Communities (DGM)

Profile updated on: May 2021