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National validation workshop to improve Shark and Ray Management and Conservation in Mozambique

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(February 19, 2024) Mozambique has a very important shark and ray area with more than 120 confirmed species, almost half of which are threatened with extinction (Critically Endangered - CR, Endangered - EN, and Vulnerable - VU) on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Species (IUCN, 2020). Due to the increasing pressure on populations of these marine resources in Mozambique, it is crucial to adopt a national action plan to conserve sharks and rays. ADNAP and its conservation pa...


WCS participates in workshop on sharing knowledge and expertise on Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVs)

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(February 19, 2024) The WCS staff members, including Rhett Bennett and Dave van Beuningen, from the Western Indian Ocean shark and ray conservation program and Naseeba Sidat and Jorge Sitoe from the Mozambican Program, participated in a workshop on BRUVS (Baited Remote Underwater Video) in Grahamstown from 9 to 11 January. The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) hosted the event and brought together experts from various organizations to share knowledge and skills on this data collection methodo...


WCS Joins Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi to Advance Conservation Efforts

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(February 15, 2024) The Wildlife Conservation Society was honored to be invited to participate in a high-level event today hosted by His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, the President of the Republic of Mozambique, at Maputo National Park. The WCS team, which included John Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs; Emma Stokes, Vice President of Global Field Conservation; Luthando Dziba, WCS Regional Director East Africa; and Afonso Madope, WCS Mozambique Country Director, had the opportunity to ...


WCS conducts a training workshop on Ecosystem-based Adaptation and ecosystem services

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(January 30, 2024) WCS Mozambique carried out a training on Ecosystem-based Adaptation and ecosystem services between 23 and 25 January 2024 in Nacala, in collaboration with Lutea Magaia, an EbA specialist consultant under the Futuro Azul Project, through co-funding from Bloomberg Philanthropries. The training aimed to increase the knowledge, experience and capacity of the project team, government, and other relevant partner entities, to effectively integrate Eba approaches on activity planning, implementation ...


WCS in the 7th Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium

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(January 24, 2024) The biennial Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium was held in Durban, South Africa, from the 24th to 27th October and brought together around 140 participants from 8 countries. WCS was represented by three WCS staff members, including two from the Western Indian Ocean shark and ray conservation program and one from the WCS Mozambique Program, who contributed to the symposium with four oral presentations: Realities of shark and ray conservation in the Western Indian Ocean: challeng...


WCS together with DINAB and DNDT attended a regional workshop in South Africa to discuss approaches for classification and mapping of ecosystem types

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(December 05, 2023) The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) organized a four-day’ workshop to discuss the classification and mapping of ecosystem types. The workshop was held in Pretoria, South Africa, from November 20th to 23rd, 2023, under the initiative "Building Biodiversity Knowledge for Action in Southern Africa: Spatial Biodiversity Assessment, Prioritization, and Planning (SBAPP) in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, and Namibia," funded by the Agence Française de Développem...


Blue Future Project conducts training in bolstering understanding and integration of gender perspectives

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(December 01, 2023) On November 28th and 29th, the city of Nacala hosted a pivotal training session under the scope of the Future Blue Project, funded by the Blue Action Fund. The event brought together a cohort of specialists, including 14 technicians from ADPP and 2 from WCS, all engaged in discussions guided by a contracted consultant.  The training had a central focus on bolstering understanding and integration of gender perspectives within the project initiatives. One of the primary goals was to empowe...


Mozambique Equipped with a Rapid Genetic Sequencer to Identify CITES Shark and Ray Species

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(November 22, 2023) In the last 20 years, 143 shark and ray species have been listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), comprising 90% of all internationally traded shark and ray species. Since 2021, the Oceanographic Institute of Mozambique (InOM) and the National Fisheries Administration, IP (ADNAP, IP), with support from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), have been working on 1) improving knowledge about CITES in Mozambique and ...


Government of Mozambique officially launches National Strategy for Coral Reefs co-developed with WCS-Mozambique

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(November 22, 2023) On this 21st of November 2023, during the celebrations of the World Fisheries Day, Her Excellency the Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries officially launched the National Strategy for the Management and Conservation of Coral Reefs. Excerts of the officially launch of the National Strategy for the Management and Conservation of Coral Reefs   This legal instrument was co-developed between 2020 and 2022 with the technical and financial support of WCS-Mozambique thro...


Improved boating and scientific diving safety protocols for Western Indian Ocean WCS Marine Program Teams

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(November 22, 2023) Last week, Jennifer O’Leary (WCS WIO Region Marine Director) and Erwan Sola (Lead Coral Reef Scientist, WCS-Mozambique), visited the WCS-Madagascar Marine Program Team in Nosy Be for a Boating and Diving Safety evaluation and training. Combining our experience and expertise in the region with the local knowledge of the country Team, we reviewed available safety equipment and drafted safe procedures for boating and scientific diving, including checklists and emergency plans. The protocol de...


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