Spearheaded by Rift Valley Corporation's forestry subsidiary, Rift Valley Forestry (& local subsidiary Florestas de Niassa), the Association has been recently formed, to begin active service in 2017. The membership of the Association is anticipated to include representation from all significant stakeholders within Niassa province, including: private sector, civil society, rural communities, nongovernmental organizations, donors, conservation bodies and research organizations, with the specific intention of developing synergies between all parties that can bring focus to sustainable land use issues threatening the region's natural capital resources; bringing about meaningful solutions to a range of current problems.
Status and Governance
The Association is a 'not for profit' organization, headquartered in Lichinga, Niassa. It comprises a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board. The Board is obliged to meet quarterly, with meetings serving as an important opportunity to bring members together to tackle an agenda comprising key sustainability issues and their solutions.
- Assist the preservation of Natural Capital within a region that includes extensive resources of global biodiversity interest and significance.
- Developing improved economic activity within rural communities. Facilitate study and research to further understanding of environmental and economic challenges and their solutions.
- Promote Conservation Agriculture and training of improved agritechniques to improve yield volumes and quality.
- Promote market linkages and the development of improved commodity flows.
- Promote Community controlled forests, including managed and sustainable Timber/woodfuel extraction.
- Promote the production of sustainable charcoal from managed concessions.
- Promote the protection of core biodiversity and wilderness zones, including support for the Niassa Natural Reserve.
- Promote revenue from monetization of carbon assets.
- Promote the exchange and sharing of experience with other national and regional associations with similar/complimentary activity.
- Maintain liaison with government entities, private sector, civil society and cooperating partners in the pursuit of the Association's objectives.
- Forge alliances with and promote the training of members of the Association to improve sustainable land use.
- Support the establishment of demonstration landscape management interventions, such as the LAGRI project.Raise funds and mobilize resources to further the objectives of the Association.
The Association will seek to act as a catalyst to improve unsustainable land-use practices. Through collaboration between members that include representatives from a range of stakeholders, the Association will have a combined purpose sufficient to impact change on the ground. Through a combination of advocacy, the support of working models of rural development and the ability to engage a cross-section of society, the ACNN will function as an important mechanism to impact change throughout the province.
The Association seeks to work together with a range of development financiers, NGO's, private sector entities and international donors.
Roles and responsibilities
The intention of the ACNN is to include widespread representation, allowing for a disbursal of roles and responsibilities between members as the Association develops its influence in the province.
Outcomes of the ACNN
To help implement strategic interventions to introduce sustainable management of the area’s resources to all stakeholders; driving growth of the local economy whilst preserving the environment.
- Improved knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices, leading to increased yields for local communities, poverty alleviation, food security and a growing economy.
- Halting the rapid and devastating pattern of permanent deforestation advancing through Niassa province.
- The preservation of large tracts of managed miombo woodlands that maintain species diversity and populations.
- The creation of a habitat buffer zone to protect the Niassa Reserve’s western border from pressure by surrounding communities.
- The implementation of a strategic plan to manage natural and plantation forests, locking in long-lasting value through a wide range of sustainable economic activity.