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Mateus Mutemba

Mateus Mutemba

Park Warden 

I was born on the 20th of August 1972 in Maputo and am married with two daughters. I have a degree in History from University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo where I graduated from in 1997. My postgraduate studies were at the The Australian National University in Canberra, where I completed a Graduate Diploma in Development Administration in 2004, and received my Masters in Public Policy in 2005. In addition, I studied Protected Area Management at the University of Montana, USA in 2009.

 

Professional career

Since 1994 I have worked in social development with both NGOs and private sector companies, including Helvetas, Educo Australia, Austral Consultoria Mozambique and the Food and Agriculture Agency of the United Nations (FAO) in Mozambique.

From 1994 to 1997 I taught courses in "Cultural Anthropology" and "Political Anthropology" at the University Eduardo Mondlane. During that time I also conducted field research for several projects, including "Women and Law" in Southern Africa and the first survey on "Perceptions of Poverty" in Mozambique led by the World Bank. Prior to that I served as inquirer in VoxPopuli, a Brazilian company that specialized in surveying political opinions in 1993-4 as part of the first multiparty general elections in Mozambique.

Between 1994 and early 1998, I was a radio presenter at the National Channel of Radio Mozambique. Between 2006-2008 I taught "Project Cycle Management", at the Institute of Science and Technology of Mozambique (ISCTEM).

 

I joined the Gorongosa Restoration Project in January 2008 as the Director of Community Relations, and was appointed Warden of Gorongosa National Park in 2011. I am also on the Board of the "Gorongosa Restoration Project". Since 2011 I have been the Vice President of the General Assembly of the Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation in Mozambique (Biofundo), representing the  Gorongosa Restoration Project.

 

Since the late 90s I have traveled extensively throughout Southern Africa training and learning about the community management of natural resources, with an emphasis on tourism.

 

Awards / Recognition

 

"Conservation Hero of the Year 2013" at the 36th "International Wildlife Film Festival" in Montana, USA, as a result of the work of the GNP team in the restoration of Gorongosa;

Merit Award from the World Organization for Families (WFO) in recognition of the work carried out with the communities of the buffer zone of the Gorongosa Park. Prize awarded during the 9th Summit of WFO, Berlin, December 2013.