Pebane Airfield Project

Pebane Airfield Project

Bringing aid to a remote area

“Pebane District is a district of Zambezia Province in Mozambique.” That is about the sum total of information available on Wikipedia, or anywhere else on the internet, for that matter, regarding Pebane. You might find a couple tide- and weather charts and one fishing video. That is how remote Pebane is. Sounds idylic, doesn’t it!

For a secluded holiday it sure is, but to manage conservation projects it is a bit of a nightmare. Pebane village, like most other villages and cities in Mozambique has its roots in Portuguese influence but the Portuguese left this area a long time ago and all that remains is a couple beautiful, though weather worn, buildings and at some point (and here we are not too sure as there is little information available) an airfield was built.

Pebane is central to Fire Island’s conservation efforts as it is the closest land base to Ilha do Fogo (Fire Island) where a small number of sea turtle still nests and a myriad of sea creatures survive on the reefs surrounding the island. This island is one of the string of Primeira & Segundo Archipelago islands and due to it’s remoteness, is not monitored or protected from poachers, long liners and various others plundering the surrounding ocean of it’s natural inhabitants.