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The Mozambique LNG Project recognizes biodiversity as one of the pillars of sustainable development.  We are committed to complying with national legislation and aligning with biodiversity management as described in International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standard 6 (PS6) on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources.

We understand and value the health, socio-economic and environmental contributions of ecosystem services. To support and contribute to maintenance of these services, we have developed a biodiversity strategy with the following objectives:

  • Outline the project’s commitment to biodiversity and ecosystem services management and conservation
  • Prioritize project-related mitigation activities to reduce adverse impacts on biodiversity
  • Engage relevant stakeholders in the management of biodiversity and natural resources
  • Evaluate opportunities to align with relevant third-party regional biodiversity initiatives

Key studies and assessments, such as an ecosystem services assessment and a critical habitat assessment, have been undertaken to outline required actions that aid biodiversity conservation. A residual impacts assessment will determine and quantify impacts that remain after the project has accomplished its prioritized mitigation actions. Our work on biodiversity focuses on how the ecological features of the onshore, nearshore and offshore areas of the project are protected, managed and enhanced.

In pursuing our biodiversity strategy, we seek to achieve a net gain of critical habitats and no net loss of natural habitats over the life of the project. To achieve this goal, an ecological monitoring program was also developed.

Documentary development leading to the biodiversity action plan.

Ecology monitoring

The project’s ecology monitoring includes biodiversity actions that will be undertaken to assess the predicted impact magnitude and the effectiveness of mitigation actions. This informs adaptive management.

Onshore and offshore ecological work has been done to add to and update the existing biological data sets developed with the project’s EIA. Collectively, this data baseline forms part of an ecology monitoring program. Findings from the ecological monitoring program are fed back into the system so that improvement plans can be made and implemented.