Sustainable management of natural resources in Mozambique

Research summary

The project seeks to increase Mozambican research capacity on forestry, sustainable natural resource and land-use planning considering different aspects of impacts (ecological, social and economic). In addition to joint teaching activities, it includes collaborative research on environmental and socio-economic aspects of forestry and natural resources management. The fieldwork activities take place in Manica and Zambézia Provinces.


The aim of the project is to enhance sustainable development and democracy in Mozambique by promoting higher education and increasing the knowledge on sustainable natural resource and land-use planning considering different aspects of impacts (ecological, social and economic). This is realized by developing jointly with the Mozambican partners easy-to-access courses in these fields for doctoral students and higher education institution staff members in the subject areas of forestry and natural resource management.

Spreading information through courses, web-site and networking increases awareness for environmental issues and highlights the role of local people in land-use planning. This flow of information is planned to be continuous also after the end of the project as the participating students work in different organizations e.g. as university teachers, authorities or environmental consultants. The project provides opportunities for research-exchange and joint scientific publications, and produces course material for further use of Mozambican HEIs in English and in Portuguese.

The focus group of the educational activities are doctoral students of the Forestry PhD programme at Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU), and staff members of both EMU and Zambeze University (UniZambeze). In terms of the HEI-ICI objectives, the project will support the creation of the first Doctoral Programme in the forestry sector in Mozambique, support the diversification of public access to educational material and research results through web pages and social media, open access publications, and mixed networks including academic institutions, NGOs, state institutions, and the private sector. The project will also strengthen the teaching and research capacity of both universities by participating in the curricula development and introducing new study modules, research methods and tools, as well as supporting new collaboration initiatives on both national and international levels. Finally, the project will contribute to strengthening the role and relevance of forestry research and education in the development of Mozambican society.

Research info

Research title
Sustainable management of natural resources in Mozambique

Research timeline
1.4.2017 - 1.3.2020

EIA forestry higher education natural resources socio-economic research



University of Jyväskylä
Department of Social Sciences and Philopsophy
Jyväskylä, Finland

Funding instrument
Ministry for Foreign Affairs (ICI, HEI-ICI, N-S-S)

Project budget
500,000 - 1 million euros

Head of research
Pekka Virtanen

Research team
Almeida Sitoe, Valério Macandza, Ana Monteiro, Luis Cristovão, Elisa Vallius, Anssi Lensu, Irmeli Mustalahti

Eduardo Mondlane University, Zambeze University, University of Eastern Finland

Contact information
Pekka Virtanen
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