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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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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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&#...

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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...

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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 ...

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