Niassa biogas project

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Published: 30 July 2021
Last edited: 30 July 2021
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We are testing biotech nano 500 biodigesters in conservation zones to prevent people from systematically using trees and plants in protected areas to produce energy for cooking and other necessities. This method prevent them from using fuels that are harmful to health and the environment within the protected areas.


East and South Africa
Scale of implementation
Forest ecosystems
Tropical evergreen forest
Ecosystem services
Fire management
Food security
Health and human wellbeing
Indigenous people
Protected and conserved areas management planning
Renewable energies
Sustainable livelihoods
Waste management
Land and Forest degradation
Loss of Biodiversity
Ecosystem loss
Infrastructure development
Lack of access to long-term funding
Lack of alternative income opportunities
Changes in socio-cultural context
Lack of technical capacity
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Poor monitoring and enforcement
Lack of infrastructure
Poor governance and participation
Lack of food security
Sustainable development goals
SDG 2 – Zero hunger
SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
SDG 5 – Gender equality
SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy
SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
SDG 13 – Climate action
SDG 15 – Life on land
Other targets
Aichi Biodiversity Target 14
Aichi Biodiversity Target 15
Business engagement approach
Direct engagement with associations
Indirect through consumers
Indirect through legal actors
(I)NDC Submission


Niassa, Mozambique


The biggest logistical challenge is the distance and access to the remote conservation areas. Also the financial resources for importing bio digesters as well as necessary accessories for the use of gas in the kitchen and food preservation.


Community residing in the special reserve of Niassa

How do the building blocks interact?

Combining the use of biogas technology and solar energy, the community residing in the Niassa reserve will not only be able to improve their quality of life but also their income by not buying kerosene, candles, and batteries. In this way, wasting hours searching for firewood is avoided. 

Solar energy gives access to lighting and electricity to develop other activities, rather then throwing toxic waste in nature, such as used batteries.


Improving people's lives and their health;

To allow the use of fertilizers and natural fertilizers for food production in home gardens in order to encourage people to stop looking at the reserve animals as the only source of food;

To protect protected species of trees that undergo indiscriminate felling for the charcoal and woodfuels.



In Mozambique in rural areas inside or outside conservation areas, looking for firewood for cooking in the forest and women's and children's work, this consumes many hours of the day exposing these groups to dangers within the areas outside protection. They are also exposed to the risk of coming across ferocious animals in the forest.

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Marlene Reno Hayden and Russell

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Vasco Equipment Mozambique Lda