The “Climate of Change: the way forward to create and strengthen an environmentally conscious generation in Mozambique” project adopts a multilevel approach that aims to contribute to strengthening environmental governance by improving the capacity of local CSOs to manage and monitor development for the sustainable management of natural resources and promoting their protagonism in political dialogue at national level.

The geographical dimension of the project focuses on rural and marginalized areas, keeping in mind that existing mechanisms for youth participation in decision-making processes are not inclusive, especially for young people from rural areas and outside of schools. Since it is in rural areas that most cases of violation of environmental rights related to investments in the extraction of natural resources are recorded, to ensure local ownership of the content, local actors will have a central role in the initiative, including planning and implementation of activities.

With a long-term perspective, the project promotes the consolidation of good environmental governance in Mozambique, contributing both to the strengthening of environmental governance through the improvement of the capacities of local CSOs in the management and monitoring of development plans for the sustainable management of natural resources, and to the promotion of spaces for dialogue between CSOs and their participation in political dialogue at national level.

The project is strongly aligned with European Union programming in Mozambique.

The Advocacy document is available here.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1- Strengthen the skills and capabilities of local civil society in the environmental field
2- Increase opportunities for young people so that all citizens can actively participate in political debate, decision-making, ownership and oversight of the sustainable governance of natural resources

Target groups:

  • 80 Mozambican CSOs working on environmental issues
  • 50 members of public authorities, including officials/managers and technicians at different administrative levels (ministerial, provincial, district, municipal and local)
  • 300,000 young citizens associated with youth organizations and environmental groups aged between 16 and 35
  • 8 local communities in the coastal area of the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambezia and Maputo

Final beneficiaries:

  • 9,400,000 people, of which approximately 4 million young Mozambicans connected through social media and communication platforms

Planned activities

To achieve the set objectives, the following main activities will be promoted:

· Local participatory mapping/diagnosis and self-diagnosis of the CSOs operating in the environmental area

· Management training for CSOs operating in the environmental area for their organizational strengthening (management, digital skills, communication etc.)

· Technical training of CSOs operating in the environmental sector in Mozambique (climate change, environmental management, legal framework, environmental monitoring, advocacy etc.)

· Third-party financial support to CSOs for community management, conservation and monitoring of the environment and with priority for youth and women’s associations

· Structuring of a national network of environmental CSOs through an innovative digital platform

· Case study on the use of natural resources in the coastal ecosystems of Mozambique (Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambezia and Maputo) and production of advocacy documents

· Training of public authorities to improve the regulatory framework

· Creation of spaces for coordination and dialogue between civil society and political leaders

· Lobbying with MINEDH to include environmental education in the national curriculum through the development of a manual

· National survey on opinions, perception and knowledge of natural resources and environmental and local development issues among citizens aged between 16 and 35

· Production of toolkits for national environmental awareness campaigns and public debates

· Dissemination of research results through a digital platform and hybrid workshop

· Training course for young environmental ambassadors on community awareness identified through local partners

· Training of young journalists and influencers on journalism and environmental communication techniques and annual award

· Radio spot and video of the campaign and social communication and production of online tools

· Community awareness raising actions at national level

· National online forum of young ambassadors and exchange with Fridays for Future at regional and global level