Director General of the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) conferred on Mateus Mutemba

August 21, 2018

On Friday, March 16, 2018, the title of Director General of the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), was conferred on Mateus José Mutemba, by the Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, replacing Bartolomeu Soto, who occupied the position since 2014.

The appointment of Mateus Mutemba comes at a time when the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development is initiating structural reform in the areas of ​​conservation, from central to local level, with a view to strengthening institutional, technical and human resources to deal with current challenges.

 

In his speech, the Prime Minister said that the incumbent has the task of ensuring continuous improvement of the operations of ANAC, through training of technicians, facilitating the resettlement of populations living in the interior and around conservation areas, development of management and tourism infrastructure in conservation areas, as well as the discouragement of practices such as illegal mining, hunting and logging. According to Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, the Mozambican government has been implementing actions and measures for sound management of natural resources and the environment, with the aim of ensuring sustainable economic development of the country and a better future for future generations.

 

On the occasion, Rosario urged society to join the efforts of the Government in protecting and preserving natural resources, increasing vigilance and denouncing practices that destroy the environment, such as poaching, deforestation and uncontrolled fires.

 

About Mateus Mutemba

 

 

Mateus Muthemba holds a Master's in Public Policy, with a specialization in Development Management from the Australian National University, a Post Graduate in Development Administration from the same University and a degree in History from the Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo.

 

He has worked for the Gorongosa National Park for the past 10 years, where he held the position of Director of Human Development from 2008-2011 and Park Warden from 2011-2018.

 

Due to his leadership in the restoration work of Gorongosa National Park, Mateus Mutemba was recognized as "Conservation Hero of the Year in 2013, at the 36th " International Wildlife Film Festival " held in Montana in the United States of America.

 

In the same year he also received the "World Organization for Families" (WFO) Award of Merit in recognition of the work carried out with communities in the buffer zone of Gorongosa National Park.

 

In June 2017, Mateus Mutemba was recognized as the National Geographic Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society in Washingoton DC.

 

 

 

Bartolomeu Soto thanks the efforts of the ANAC technicians

 

PM Challenges Mutemba to respond to the challenges of ANAC.

 

“Before concluding, we would like to address words of appreciation to the outgoing Director General Bartolomeu Souto for his commitment and dedication, which has contributed to the growth of this institution. We note with satisfaction the significant progress made in combating poaching, as well as in repopulation of fauna in our conservation areas, such as the Maputo Special Reserve. "

 

"Now that I leave ANAC, I know that animal translocations will continue, that local communities will have better income generating projects and that the equivalent of 20 percent will increase, I also know that tourists and investors will come to conservation areas, that stealth will be further discouraged by tax officials, that ANAC's planning system will be used as a model by other organic units and that financial management and procurement will be exemplary. "

 

"We are hopeful that the recently inaugurated, Mateus Mutemba, will respond to the current challenges of this institution, taking into account his accumulated professional experience, mainly in the Administration of Gorongosa National Park."

 

 

The cutting of a cake symbolizes Bartolomeu Soto's farewell to the post of Director General

 
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