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Working towards sustainability: Learning experiences for sustainable biofuel strategies in Mozambique
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The implementation of biofuels sustainability criteria in the European Union will have clear consequences for African countries aiming at producing biofuels for exports. In response, the Mozambican government has requested to explore such criteria, and to think about how they could be operationalized to fit the Mozambican reality. As a response, the Mozambican government defined the necessary steps to develop their own national biofuel sustainability framework to guide biofuel investments and production in the country. To elaborate on this, a National Biofuels Taskforce was formed, which includes a subgroup on "Sustainability Criteria and Development Models". One of the objectives of this subgroup is to develop a national strategy for sustainable biofuel production that reflects the Mozambican reality and long-term market-requirements for developing a sustainable biofuel sector. This study seeks to support the work of this subgroup by providing learning experiences in three distinct ways. Firstly, it provides experiences from biofuel production in Brazil. Secondly, it looks at other commodities produced in Mozambique, which apply sustainability criteria and/or certification systems such as FSC, GlobalGAP and fair-trade. Thirdly, it provides an overview of biofuel developments in Mozambique and analyze to what extend reality fits to the suggested potential in the country, and the (sustainability) objectives of the Mozambican government and international institutes. Data was gathered through analysis of literature, by doing field visits and by conducting semi-structured interviews with investors, farmers, extension-workers, researchers, NGO-representatives and policy-makers.
Added on 22 October 2010
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