ExxonMobil Announces Support of Three Conservation Initiatives in Mozambique
- Marine Megafauna Foundation, Plataforma Makobo and Still Standing receive support
- Programs focus on Giant Manta Ray protection, waste management and youth biodiversity education
Maputo, Mozambique – ExxonMobil Moçambique, Limitada (“ExxonMobil”) celebrates World Environment Day by announcing its support of biodiversity programs in Mozambique. These programs range from Manta Ray Protection and waste management to biodiversity youth education in the provinces of Maputo, Inhambane and Cabo Delgado.
The Giant Manta Ray Protection initiative implemented by Marine Megafauna Foundation in the provinces of Maputo and Inhambane will study the migration and habitat of the Mozambican Manta Ray in southern Mozambique and surrounding regions, in threat of extinction, in order to provide a report to support conservation efforts by the relevant government agencies.
The Plataforma Makobo, through the ECOPEMBA Project, aims to transform the City of Pemba into the recycling hub of Northern Mozambique by introducing a waste management system that promotes livelihood opportunities for internal displaced people (IDPs) and host communities, through repurposing waste into affordable construction materials, reducing overall waste by 60% in Pemba and other capital cities of northern Mozambique.
Still Standing, which is based in Maputo, uses sports to educate youth about civic education, biodiversity and conservation. The program will reach over 700 children and youth in 10 schools with the aim of promoting greater environmental awareness, livelihood skills and healthier life styles.
“We appreciate the support from ExxonMobil to educate and empower the youth in Mozambique to be civic and mindful of the environment. This initiative not only raises awareness of our youth, but it also prepares and supports youth to continue with education.” Said Edison Saranga, Founder of Still Standing.
“ExxonMobil’s fundamental goal is to reduce environmental incidents to zero through a process of continuous improvement and the delivery of superior environmental performance. The support of conservation and biodiversity programs as part of a community investment strategy, is an element of our overall environmental performance. We are pleased to be working with our partners to promote greater environmental awareness in the community.” Said Jos Evens, General Manager for ExxonMobil Moçambique, Limitada.
These initiatives will be executed under the oversight of the existing Memorandum of Understanding between ExxonMobil and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare
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