Mozambique Blue Carbon Project

Project Overview

MozBlue, located in the coastal province of Sofala and Zambezia, is the largest blue carbon project in the world. The project aims to protect and restore 140,000 hectares of the most at-risk region of mangrove forests in central Mozambique and is setting the benchmark for how coastal and wetland ecosystem projects should be developed under the REDD+ Avoiding Unplanned Deforestation and Degradation (AUDD) mechanism. This forest is disappearing at a rate of 2,000 hectares per year and if nothing is done, over 100,000 hectares of biodiversity-rich mangrove ecosystem will be lost by 2050. MozBlue will dramatically enhance climate change adaptation in a country which has historically suffered greatly at the hands of cyclones. In 2019, Mozambique was struck by two consecutive cyclones affecting more than 1.7 million, with damages and losses amounting to US$3 billion. This landmark project will introduce nature-based coastal barriers along the Sofala coastline. The aim is to help coastal hubs such as Beira and Chinde be better prepared in the face of natural disasters and to reduce the costs of recovery and reconstruction for the provincial and federal government. 

Standard and Accreditation

The project is VERRA REDD+ VCU accredited and is registered according to VCS and CCB standards.

Sustainable Development Goals

MozBlue will deliver additional benefits such as enhanced biodiversity through sustainable aquaculture practices. In order to curb the rampant deforestation for charcoal production, improved livelihoods programs will be implemented for the local communities. Notably, MozBlue will finance the creation of a women-owned and women-operated enterprise that produces and distributes high quality bio-charcoal. Bio-charcoal briquettes are environmentally friendly and a healthier option because they produce 50% less toxic fumes whilst burning for longer periods.



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