“I’m optimistic about the programme. If everyone were to adopt the agricultural practices then I’m hopeful that the animals will come back, the rivers will flow, and the rains will become regular again.” Callisto Imora Forty years ago, the communities encircling Mount Namuli lived in balance with the mountain and its forests. But new pressures are being placed on the forest as limited livelihoods options mean many have to earn a living through potato farming where trees once stood. Burning to clear forest land for potato farming is potently destructive. Fire destroys the natural soil seed bank, inhibits forest regeneration and they often spread and sprawl into neighbouring forest areas. Cool Earth has partnered with local NGO Legado in Mozambique to provide alternative livelihoods through beekeeping and selling honey. Incentivising the sustainable control of fires, reducing the need for slash and burn agriculture and sharing key learnings that ensure a thriving future for those who call forests home.