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Ntacua tree plantations in Zambezia, Mozambique


Company aims to sell the timber. Now it has hold of an area of 9,500 ha but aims to reach 70,000 ha. Problems are deforestation and environmental degradation, temporary work, lack of community consultation, the latter raising most problems with commmunities.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Ntacua tree plantations in Zambezia, Mozambique
State or province:Zambezia
(municipality or city/town)Mocuba and Magar
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Deforestation
Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific commodities:Cellulose

Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Project area:70000
Type of populationRural
Company names or state enterprises:Ntacua Florestas de Zambezia from Mozambique - it is owned by the GSFF (Global Solidarity Forest Fund).
Global Solidarity Forest Fund (GSFF) from Sweden - is funded by Swedish and Norwegian Lutheran churches, and also the Dutch investment fund ABP is a partner.
Relevant government actors:The government of Mozambique gives concession , a declaration that concedes the company to use and make profit from the area.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:UNAC (National Union of Peasants of Mozambique) and Justia Ambiental (Friends of the Earth Mozmabique) produced preliminary report on land grabbing in Mozambique on which this information is based.
Conflict and Mobilization
Reaction stageUnknown
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Fires, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition, Occupational disease and accidents
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Company is expanding
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Contributor:Winnie Overbeek
Last update08/04/2014