About Mozambique Conservation Initiative
Mozambique Conservation Initiative (MCI) has a symbiotic relationship with Sabie Game Park in the Greater Lebombo Conservancy. The Rhino populations in Sabie Game Park are the flagship species creating a greater conservation shield for the rest of the fauna and flora in the reserve and the greater conservation area.
The successful matrix of this initiative is made up of dedicated individuals who have not only invested in the future of wildlife but have dedicated their lives and business’ to same. Oyvind Christensen a Norwegian by birth who has African blood in his veins provides the much needed support and business acumen to Sandy McDonald and Fernando Chicolowe on the African operations, ably supported by a host of dedicated individuals in the field led by Alex McDonald Jnr and his team.
Mozambique was formally known as “Portuguese East Africa”. It was considered a Portuguese Province abroad which later became an independent country in June 25th 1975 where after the country was torn again by civil war in a struggle for power. Finally, in 1992, a peace agreement was signed between the two major parties Frelimo and Renamo followed by a democratic election which was won by Frelimo. Today the country is at peace, welcoming major foreign investment and subject to economic growth.
As a result of poverty, and the need to fund soldiers and feed locals, natural resources that were readily available during the wars were harvested in great numbers and traded with. This led to a large decline, even complete non-existence of many species in the country. Thanks to political will, education in rural regions and conservation efforts from the private sector, the presence of wildlife in the country has grown dramatically.
Generally speaking, the people of Mozambique are humble and friendly. Despite the country’s economic growth and development since the wars, it is estimated that 65% of the inhabitants of Mozambique still live in rural areas. This means that outside of city hubs much of their wealth is dependent on natural recourses, which if not managed properly are at risk of depletion.