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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...


COMBO+ hosts its Mid-term Evaluation Meeting in Mozambique

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(November 16, 2023) The mid-term evaluation meeting of the COMBO+ programme ("Conservation, Mitigation and Biodiversity Offsets") was held in Macaneta, Mozambique, from 7 to 11 November, ending with a field trip to Maputo National Park. The event was hosted by Mozambique's Ministry of Land and Environment, with almost 60 participants representing the programme's technical teams and host governments (namely Guinea Conakry, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, Myanmar and Laos), a delegation from China&#...


Niassa Special Reserve brings 2 pangolins back to the wild

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(November 15, 2023) The Niassa Special Reserve recently brought back to the wild two pangolins found by communities in the Marrupa and Mavago Districts. In Marrupa, this occurred in October, when a 4-year-old boy named Luis César, who lives in the Mualawamaka neighbourhood in the Marrupa district, saw a pangolin while playing with his friends and immediately told his parents. The parents, in turn, told the community leaders, who immediately tried to round up and protect the animal. José Sitoe, Head of Law...


National experts assess the conservation status of coastal plant species

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(November 01, 2023) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in partnership with the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA), represented by the National Directorate for the Environment (DINAB), as part of the Mainstreaming Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), Piloting Blue Carbon, and Strengthening Coral Reef Fisheries in Mozambique project funded by SPEED+, has been supporting assessment of the conservation status of 30 coastal plant species since October 5, 2023, by applying the criteria of the International Union for ...


WCS and local government authorities meet to harmonise procedures

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(October 25, 2023) WCS and the National Fisheries Administration (ADNAP, IP), Nampula Delegation, under the Future Blue Project, held a meeting in Nacala with the aim of having the Community Fisheries Councils (CCPs) more involved in their own revitalization processes, as well as in the creation of Community-Managed Fishing Areas (APGCs). It also aimed to provide an opportunity for cooperation partners and government institutions to coordinate actions to increase their impact on coastal communities. The meeting...


Niassa Special Reserve conducts rabies vaccination and sterilization on domestic dogs

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(October 13, 2023) Between 28 September and 6 October, the vaccination campaign of dogs against rabies and sterilization of dogs was carried out in the districts of Mecula and Mavago, which included domestic dogs and cats. A total of 165 dogs of the 315 registered by the Guardians Teams (MOMS) of 155 owners were vaccinated, corresponding to 53% of the canine population within the Niassa Special Reserve (NSR). For this year the theme of the campaign was 'rabies: all for 1, one health for all'. This act...


Environmental Impact Assessment Authority establishes Technical-Scientific Unit to Support Biodiversity Offsets

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(October 09, 2023) The National Directorate for the Environment (DINAB) and its partners in the COMBO+ Program, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND), held the first meeting to establish the Technical-Scientific Unit to Support Biodiversity Offsets, in Maputo City, attended by 19 participants from different sectors. The Ministerial Order 55/2022 of 19 May, which regulates the matter of Biodiversity Offsets, calls for the creation of this Te...


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