26/05/2022 Press release
TOTALENERGIES AND ASSOCIAÇÃO EDEN REFORESTATION JOIN EFFORTS FOR THE RESTORATION OF MANGROVES IN CABO DELGADO
The Mozambique LNG project, operated by TotalEnergies EP Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, and Associação Eden Reforestation have been working, since last February, on a program to restore mangrove areas in the coastal region of Cabo Delgado province, covering, in a first phase, the district of Palma. The program, with a duration of 2 years, benefits from a budget of US $760,000 allocated by Mozambique LNG project and is implemented by Associação Eden Reforestation.
The program, which aims to restore more than five thousand hectares of mangroves, will also create around 400 direct jobs for members of different local communities. In the first two months of implementation of the initiative, more than 12 hectares of mangroves were planted and about 200 jobs were created.
Tércio Masseque, Vice-President for Health, Environment and Safety at TotalEnergies EP Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, said that “Totalenergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.
The company is committed to contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including those related to the preservation of biodiversity.”
Masseque added that “with this program, we would like to contribute to the sustainable development of Mozambique, in general, and of Cabo Delgado, in particular. We would like to reinforce our initiatives for the promotion and preservation of biodiversity and contribute to supporting initiatives of the Government of Mozambique in the restoration of mangroves in the context of the National Strategy and Action Plan for Mangrove Management in Mozambique. Restoration of mangroves will contribute to the preservation of numerous animal and plant species, to water filtration and retaining of coastal erosion, and to the reduction of greenhouse gases.”
In turn, Gildo Cuamba, Managing Director of Associação Eden Reforestation, said: “This agreement is an opportunity to actively contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to the materialization of our organization’s mission. Our motto is: we just need a committed village to rebuild a forest. Our work in Mozambique helps protect coastal communities from environmental disasters, improves fishing, captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and increases biodiversity while addressing the urgent need for poverty alleviation. Therefore, in the partnership with TotalEnergies, we have seen an opportunity to establish a natural alliance with gains for the maintenance of biodiversity and jobs creation and income generation for the local communities of Cabo Delgado.”
It should be noted that, still in biodiversity, TotalEnergies EP Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, as operator of Mozambique LNG project, signed, last April, with Universidade Lúrio (UniLúrio), a memorandum of understanding, which provides for the allocation of US$460,000 to finance a project to restore coral reefs and develop sustainable fishing in Pemba, Maringanha, Wimbe and Gimpia, in Cabo Delgado province.
About TotalEnergies in Mozambique
In Mozambique since 1991, the Company operates in two segments: Marketing & Services and Exploration & Production.
TotalEnergies Marketing Moҫambique S.A. is a major player in the downstream petroleum products market with a nationwide gas stations network, industrial and exploration customers, and activities in lubricants and logistics areas.
TotalEnergies EP Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, a wholly owned subsidiary of TotalEnergies, operates the Mozambique LNG project with a 26.5% stake, together with ENH Rovuma Área 1, SA (15%), Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area1 Limited (20%), ONGC Videsh Rovuma Limited (10%), Beas Rovuma Energy Mozambique Limited (10%), BPRL Ventures Mozambique BV (10%), and PTTEP Mozambique Area 1 Limited (8.5%).
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables, and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable, and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.
About Associação Eden Reforestation Associação
Eden Reforestation is a Mozambican non-profit organization whose objectives are:
- Promote and protect the ecosystem through mangrove restoration and reforestation in general;
- Promote, stimulate and support actions and works in defense, conservation, preservation and recovery of the environment and forest heritage;
- Promote development in needy communities through the execution of agroforestry, health and education projects;
- Promote courses, seminars, workshops, field days, lectures, and other forms of teaching with communities, schools, public agencies, or other organizations of society, to create an awareness of preservation, conservation, recovery and sustainable management of natural resources.
It is currently in six provinces, namely: Maputo, Sofala, Manica, Zambézia, Nampula and Cabo Delgado. It has around 1119 employees nationwide and has already reforested around 4272 hectares of mangroves nationwide.