Sofala – Mozambique // GO BACK

The Sofala Community Carbon project is an innovative sustainability project working with forest communities in the buffer zones of Gorongosa and Marromeu National Parks in central Mozambique to improve rural livelihoods, habitat restoration, forest management and conservation of biodiversity.

The Sofala Community Carbon Project is developing sustainable land use and rural development activities in communities around and within the buffer zones of the Gorongosa and Marromeu National Parks in central Mozambique.

Actively Contributes to



climate change

The project has implemented agroforestry activities as well as interventions that result in avoided deforestation.

The project enables individuals and companies to effectively invest in new forests and agroforestry. By becoming trained crop farmers, local people contribute significantly to their own environments whilst securing regular income and stable sustainable food supply. The revival of agroforestry among impoverished communities is generating crops that enrich rather than exhaust fragile forest soils.

The project seeks to link the establishment and protection of carbon stocks to sustainable development by using some of the carbon revenues to kickstart small commercial enterprises. Moreover, the project offers protection to African wildlife.

Furthermore, the Sofala project extends farming and capacity-building to project participants, and has a strong focus on diversifying farmers’ income streams. The project trains smallholders in the sustainable farming of important cash crops which most farmers then incorporate into their plantings. This not only contributes to improving food security for themselves, but also enables them to access additional income streams.



Gorongosa and Marromeu Park, Mozambique

Operational Since:


Project Coordinator:

Envirotrade Sofala Limitada

PVCS Issued to date:


Area of land under management:

12,000 ha


2,799 participants and 28 community groups

Project interventions:

  • Agroforestry
  • Avoided Deforestation


Registered in 2007
First verification in 2010




Project Location

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Oct 2015 | The project, which since February 2013 has been operated by AECL and supported by the ACLT, has communicated its decision to wind down, with a view to closing operations by year end. Further info here.

2011| The Sunday Times Magazine journalist Richard Girling, who visited and wrote about the Nhambita Project in 2005, has recently returned to the project and written about the changes he has seen. He was accompanied by Bénédicte Kurzen, an award winning photo-journalist who has illustrated the feature which investigates grass-roots aid to Africa. Read more.

2014| Envirotrade has launched a new website. For more information visit The new website features a carbon calculator, recent news and other project-related resources.