Pilot initiative on use of solar freezes for small rural and artisanal fishermen communities in Machanga, Sofala province
Pilot initiative on use of solar freezes for small rural and artisanal fishermen communities in Machanga, Sofala province
The project aims the promotion of renewable energy for rural development through building of demonstrative solar fridges for the artisanal fishermen in Machanga fishing camps, contributing simultaneously to mitigate climate change, protect biodiversity, and support livelihoods of this fishing community.

The fishermen in Machanga are facing decreased income which is low and gets lower and lower, despite increased production. Most of the fish get rotted and/or lose quality due to inadequate conservation and low quality processing resulting in low fish market value. Added to this scenario we see an increased environmental degradation due to an increased pressure on natural resources.

The project will contribute to increase the income generation of these poor artisanal fishermen community, as their catches will have a higher commercial value, on warehouse fridges. In addition, the increased household income will result in the reduction of pressure on the natural resources, contributing to ecosystem and habitat conservation and maintenance of biodiversity in this region. It is further hoped that this project, if successfully executed, will be replicated in other artisanal fishing camps along the coast, as good practices.
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Project Snapshot

Grupo de Trabalho Ambiental
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 7,400.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
By using an innovative technology the project will demonstrate the feasibility of using solar energy for conservation of fish in a remote artisanal fishery center, promoting Public Awareness of Local and Global Environmental Problems, mainly related to biodiversity conservation and climate change
Gender Focus
Great enphasis on gender focus once the population is constituted mostly by women, linked to the fish trade that will benefit from the initiative
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SGP Country office contact

Mr. Augusto Urbano Correia
+258 21 481476
+258 21 491691
Ms. Paula Delfina Boane
+258 21 481495
+258 21 491691
Luisa Hele


UNDP CO Mozambique (GEF UNDP / SGP), Av. Kenneth Kaunda 931
Maputo, RBA, 4595