Maputo — The Mozambican economy can only prosper if the country's resources are duly valued and conserved, the country's Deputy Environment Minister, Ana Paula Chichava, warned on Friday.
Speaking at the closing session of a sub-regional conference on the Green Economy and Strategic Environmental Assessment in Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya, Chichava said this was because the survival of the majority of the population in all three countries depends directly on natural resources.
"Since most economic activities - agriculture, tourism, fisheries, forestry, mining, oil and gas - and the means of survival for most people depend on the use of natural resources, we recognise that the economies of the three countries can only prosper, if the resources are properly valued and conserved", she said.
The challenges indicated by the Deputy Minister form part of the road map to the Green Economy which is being drawn up in Mozambique and should be presented at the forthcoming Earth Summit, to be held in June in Rio de Janeiro. The summit is commonly referred to as "Rio + 20", since it is being held on the twentieth anniversary of the first World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in the Brazilian city in 1992.
Chichava said that drawing up this road map is at an advanced stage, and it will be analysed and enriched at a meeting in the near future.
At the conference, the participants stressed the need to continue and expand partnerships needed to implement the Green Economy, including with private business and with civil society organisations.
"Recognising the resources needed for the transition to a Green Economy, the delegates have raised the fact that resources and additional technical capacity must be mobilized, including the establishment of the necessary financial mechanisms, support for the preparation of the Rio + 20 Conference, and subsequent steps", said Chichava.
She pledged that the Mozambican Environment Ministry will organise a parallel high-level event at the Rio conference, where Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya will be able to confirm their regional partnership for a Green Economy.