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WCS Mozambique brings together different actors to discuss possible solutions to reduce bycatch of marine species

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(October 03, 2023) Mozambique's coastal waters are home of at least 132 species of sharks and rays, 29 marine mammals and five sea turtles, of which more than 60 or 61% are threatened with extinction in the near future. Bycatch in small-scale fisheries has been identified as a high priority threat to 90% of the threatened marine wildlife species that occur in Mozambique and small-scale fishermen are responsible for around 85% of the country's total marine fish catch.  To help reduce or eliminat...


Blue Future project team Introduces Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) in Munhohola Community

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(September 26, 2023) In a continuing effort to strengthen relationships with project communities and promote marine conservation, the Blue Future implementation team and WCS East Africa regional social safeguard coordinator, conducted a significant outreach event in Munhohola community, in Nampula Province, North of Mozambique. With an unwavering commitment to transparency and including local voices, the team organized a special meeting in Munhohola on September 11. The primary focus of the event was to intr...


Mozambique government and partners met to select the priority components of coastal and marine biodiversity in the northern Mozambique Channel

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(September 19, 2023) The National Directorate for the Environment (DINAB), in partnership with the COMBO+ Programme [led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in coordination with the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND)], as part of the initiative for Integrated Management of Marine and Coastal Resources in the North of the Mozambique Channel (NoCaMo), and Fauna & Flora (FF), held a seminar on 12 September 2023 in the city of Maputo. The seminar focused on the selection of priority com...


Local entities and fishing communities of Zalala beach better informed about REPMAR

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(August 11, 2023) Following the activities that the WCS marine team is developing in Zalala Beach, in partnership with the fishing sector authorities (InOM - Oceanographic Institute of Mozambique and ADNAP - National Fisheries Administration), the fishing community of Zalala Beach and the Lacustrine and Fluvial Coastal Police organised, on 09 August, a meeting to raise awareness and disseminate the Regulation of Maritime Fisheries (REPMAR) regarding the protected and prohibited species under the same document. ...


WCS Mozambique, local government and fishing communities discuss challenges and solutions for more sustainable artisanal fisheries at Zalala beach

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(August 11, 2023) The WCS Mozambique marine programme team is in Zambezia Province developing activities with the institutions of the fisheries sector and the fishing community of Zalala Beach on good fishing practices and specifically shark fishing. Over the next few days the team will meet with various community groups (women, fishermen, traders) to discuss the situation of the shark fishery with a greater focus on the capture of juvenile sharks. Naseeba Sidat, Marine Programme Assistant, speaking wit...


Environmental Technicians are being trained on integrating Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)

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(August 10, 2023) A training course is being held in the City of Nampula between the 8th and 10th of August 2023 for Environmental Technicians, namely the Provincial Service for the Environment (SPA), the Provincial Directorate for Territorial Development and the Environment (DPDTA) and the Provincial Delegation of the Agency for National Control of Environmental Quality (DPAQUA) of the northern region of the country (Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Niassa) and Zambézia, on the importance of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA...


WCS Mozambique’s Marine Program organizes an internal 2-day workshop to analyze the work carried out so far and discuss the strategy for the next 5 years

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(August 09, 2023) Almost 5 years after the first marine activities started in Mozambique, with over 13 million USD gathered, 14 active grants, and 15 staff members, it was time for WCS’s marine program team to sit together, analyze the achievements, and start planning the strategy for the next 5 years. After inspiring words from Afonso Madope, WCS Mozambique’s country director, the first day focused on getting to know each other better with several fun activities, such as the innovative shark famil...


WCS Mozambique and partners held workshop to share SBAPP project (Spatial Biodiversity Assessment, Prioritisation and Planning)

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(August 05, 2023) The dissemination workshop of the SBAPP project (Spatial Biodiversity Assessment, Prioritisation and Planning), took place on 4 August in Maputo City and was attended, among others, by the National Director of Environment, Guilhermina Amurane, and the Country Director of WCS Mozambique, Afonso Madope, as well as representatives of the project donors (French Agency for Development - AFD) and implementing partners. This event was organised by the National Directorate for the Environment (DI...


WCS and partners co-authoring the first eDNA paper for coastal zones in Mozambique

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(August 03, 2023) Frequent and accurate monitoring of biodiversity is key for adaptive management approaches of coastal habitats, which are critical to hundreds of thousands of Mozambicans who rely on fishing for a living. WCS Mozambique and partners are working with NatureMetrics – UK based company established in 2014 – to build capacity for new technologies such as environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding. This molecular-based detection method offers the potential for a robust, scalable, and cost-e...


First edition of the Marine Biodiversity Conference

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(July 31, 2023) The first Marine Biodiversity Conference was held on 27 and 28 July 2023 in Maputo, at the Sea Museum, and tit also included an exhibition lasted till 2 August. This event is integrated in the Blue Future Project that is implemented in Mozambique by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners (ADPP, AMA, UEM, BIOFUND, ProAzul and InoM). The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, Lídia Cardoso, and the implementing partners of the Blue Futu...


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