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Technicians from Land and Environment Ministry trained in the use of tools to identify areas to avoid and to implement biodiversity to offsets as part of the intensive training program on the adequate implementation of the Mitigation Hierarchy in Mozambiq

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(December 15, 2021) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) through the COMBO+ Program, in partnership with the Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation (BIOFUND) and the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA), represented by the National Directorate of Environment (DINAB), and with funding from the French Development Agency (AFD), French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), World Bank/Project MozBio2 and UNDP/BIOSFAC, held on December 6th, in Maputo city, the second module of the intensive training program on the a...


WCS participates in Crescendo Azul Conference

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(December 01, 2021) The Government of Mozambique through the Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries (MIMAIP), held on 18th and 19th November, in the city of Vilankulo, Inhambane Province, the 2nd Edition of the Crescendo Azul International Conference under the theme: "Investing in the ocean's health is investing in the future of the planet".  The event had the participation of more than 7382 national and foreign people among which 382 in the presential format, among members of the Governmen...


Mozambican technicians receive training in shark and ray identification

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(December 01, 2021) The National Institute for Fisheries Research (IIP), with the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), held a training session for Mozambican technicians for the identification of sharks and rays, between November 23th and 25th, in Maputo City. The training was attended by 33 participants from the fisheries sector (Zambézia, Nampula, and Maputo), academia, Customs, and civil society. This training was part of the activities agreed upon between WCS and MIMAIP under the Memorandum of...


WCS Regional Director visits Mozambique

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(November 17, 2021) Mark Gately, WCS Regional Director for East Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean, recently visited Mozambique, from October 26th to November 6th, as part of the monitoring of WCS Mozambique activities, interaction with national entities and also to evaluate WCS repositioning in the post-Covid period. During his stay in Maputo, Gately held meetings with national entities and WCS partners, both from the Niassa Special Reserve Program, as well as the Marine Program and the Program to Supp...


Elephant 'Mr. President' receives new necklace in the Niassa Special Reserve

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(November 11, 2021) The elephant 'Mr. President', which in 2018 received a GPS collar from the hands of the Mozambican President, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, received last week, in the village of Mussoma, in Mecula District, Niassa Province, a new collar as part of the process of placing and/or replacing new collars on 20 elephants, a process that should extend for 2 weeks. Remember that in 2018 the pachyderm was named ‘Mr. President’, name given by the President of the Republic, and in July of this year h...


Mozambique supports São Tomé e Príncipe in their Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) National Assessment

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(October 20, 2021) Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) "are sites that contribute significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity in terrestrial, freshwater, marine and subterranean systems. They represent the most important sites for species and their habitats, and are identified at the national level using the Global Standard from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) established in 2016." Mozambique was one of the first countries worldwide to complete a comprehensive national ...


Niassa Special Reserve receives World Food Porgramme mission

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(October 20, 2021) The World Food Programme is organizing this week an assessment mission in Mecula district inside the Niassa Special Reserve. This mission is leaded by Mr Pierre Lucas, Deputy Country Director of the United Nations World Food Programme in Mozambique, Mrs Julieth Perez from WFP Nutrition team and Mrs Alcenia Mondlhane, School Feeding specialist from WFP office in Nampula.     The objectif is to look at the possibility to expand WFP activities in Niassa province, with a focus...


Niassa Special Reserve realizes Control Program for Domestic Dogs in Human Settlements

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(October 19, 2021) The Niassa Special Reserve (NSR) held the year 2021 canine vaccination campaign in the first half of October, which aims to partially minimize the impact of risk factors and disease risk management, particularly rabies and canine distemper virus at NSR. The analysis of the data collected between 2006 and 2008 (Branco, 2008) concluded that vaccination and awareness campaigns alone cannot control the flow and growth of domestic dog populations. It is therefore essential to consider taking ...



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(October 18, 2021) It was great regret and consternation that the WCS Mozambique team learned of the tragic physical disappearance of their colleague, friend, companion in conservation battles, the young biologist LARA MUAVES, which occurred on 15 October 2021. This news, left us perplexed, trembling and powerless in the face of such a situation of injustice, which unfortunately we witnessed this week and, we are confident that, whoever is entitled, in due time, will clarify what happened and that justice will ...


Naseeba Sidat - Faith and Perseverance: two keys to fulfill a dream

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(September 01, 2021) With the dream to improve technical and scientific skills to better support the biodiversity conservation in Mozambique and in the world, Naseeba Sidat, a young mozambican woman, will pursue her MSc degree on Coastal and Science Policy (CSP) Program at University of California Santa Cruz. Naseeba has a passion for nature and understands the importance of ecosystem connectedness for conservation. She started her conservation career volunteering with marine biodiversity programs in 2012 and gradua...


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