COMBO: Reducing Infrastructure Impacts on Biodiversity

By Hugo Costa, Hugo Rainey & Ray Victurine | December 16, 2019

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Mozambique forest landscape. Photo credit: ©Frank Petersens

The objective is to identify priority areas for conservation, then avoid development of those areas as part of COMBO’s efforts to avoid a loss of biodiversity.

The COMBO initiative — funded by AFD, FFEM and Mava Foundation — provides technical assistance to countries as they implement successively more rigorous standards and requirements, beginning with the expectation that a given investment avoid or minimize where possible its impact on nature, followed by a further expectation that the project will offset any remaining impacts as it proceeds.

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Mozambican working group during a breakout session at a recent COMBO evaluation meeting. Photo credit: ©WCS 2019

The project evaluation highlighted the success of the COMBO project thus far to advance environmental policy in the four countries in a relatively short period of time.

The project evaluation highlighted the success of the COMBO project thus far to advance environmental policy in the four countries, capturing the great strides that have already been achieved in a relatively short period of time. The Governments committed to furthering their efforts and outlined plans for implementation of future projects in the coming years.

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Staff of COMBO Mozambique, some of COMBO’s international team, and local Mozambican partners. Photo credit: ©WCS 2019

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