On 21st November 2022, the Ministerial Diploma no. 118/2022 was officially published by the Impresa Nacional de Moçambique, which approves the Directive of Independent Specialist Reviewers of Environmental Impact Assessments for Category A+ activities. This is a legal tool, complementary to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, which establishes the procedures regarding the registration and intervention of Independent Specialist Reviewers (IEs) in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process of Category A+ Activities or Projects already regulated by Decree no. 54/2015 of 31 December.
With this legal instrument, Mozambique is now able to categorize in A+, all public or private activities or projects, which due to their complexity, location and/or irreversibility and magnitude of environmental and social impacts require an independent environmental and social assessment by external entities called Independent Specialist Reviewers (REI) with proven experience and duly registered by the Environmental Impact Assessment Authority in Mozambique.
This initiative was led by the National Directorate of Environment (DINAB) of the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA) with the support of the COMBO+ Program, an international initiative led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) with the Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation (BIOFUND) as a partner entity, and funded by the World Bank/ MozBio 2 Project and UNDP/ BIOSFAC Project.
Click here to find the document: Diploma Ministerial nº. 118/2022