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Mateus Mutemba

Mateus Mutemba

Park Warden 

 

I was born in 1972 and grew up in Maputo, Mozambique as the oldest of 4 children. My wife, Carmen, and I have a young daughter, Kaylane. I love the outdoors and working with people in the countryside to improve their standards of living. I got my first degree in History from the University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo in 1997. Later, I went on to The Australian National University in Canberra where I got a Graduate Diploma in Development Administration in 2004 and a Master of Public Policy in 2005. In 2009, I went on an international training seminar on protected area management at the University of Montana, US. Over the last 17 years I have been involved in social development work with an international NGO (Helvetas), private sector firms (EduCo and Austral Consultoria) and with a UN agency (FAO).

 

As a tutor, I helped teach the  courses “Cultural Anthropology” and “Political Anthropology” at the University Eduardo Mondlane between 1994 and 1997. During this time, I served as assistant field researcher for projects including “Women and Law” in Southern Africa and the first survey on “Perceptions of Poverty” in Mozambique led by the World Bank. Between 1994 and early 1998, I was radio presenter for “Radio Moçambique”, the Mozambican public radio station. Prior to joining the Gorongosa Restoration Project I taught the “Project Cycle Management” course at the Higher Institute for Science and Technology of Mozambique (ISCTEM).

 

I joined the Gorongosa Restoration Project in 2008 where I served as the Director of Community Relations for five years. I became the Warden of Gorongosa National Park in 2011 and I am also a member of the Board of Directors for the organization. In 2013, I was proud to receive the “Conservation Hero of the year 2013 award” at the 36th annual International Wildlife Film Festival in Montana, USA as a result our team´s work in the restoration of Gorongosa. Built on the combination of my previous work experience in other regions of the country and my academic background, I want to help the team in our efforts towards achieving the two-fold mission of Gorongosa National Park, namely: biodiversity restoration and poverty reduction in the park’s surroundings.

 

Working at Gorongosa gives me the privilege to be a part of a very dynamic and skilled team that is working to make this jewel of our nation, Gorongosa National Park, a sustainable park. I am also proud to be a part of a pioneering experience in Mozambique in which the Ministry of Tourism and Gorongosa Restoration Project have teamed up to manage a national park for 20 years.