Erwan Sola
Erwan Sola serves as Dr. at WCS as Coral Reef Scientist. Erwan Sola completed his PhD in Marine Biology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with focus on coral reproductive ecology and fieldwork based in northern Mozambique. Erwan is a qualified scuba diver with experience in coral reef underwater work. He has conducted collaborative research on corals along the coast of Mozambique and South Africa, and has lectured for a Conservation Biology module at the University of Lúrio, Pemba. Erwan has mentored and co-supervised students in their academic research project in Maputo and Pemba. He has worked as consultant on multiple occasions as part of coral reef monitoring and baseline studies for the offshore mining development projects in Northern Mozambique and has also led a coral farming project. He has been involved with the GCRMN in the elaboration of the regional coral status report for the Western Indian Ocean. Erwan Sola now works as coral specialist in the Marine Program at WCS-Mozambique.
Ivan Nerantzoulis
Technical Advisor
Ivan Nerantzoulis serves as Technical Advisor at WCS. Ivan Nerantzoulis holds a Degree in Biology (Ecology and Natural Resources Management) from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique completed in July 2005. In June 2011 he completed a Master’s in Aquatic Resources Management from Curtin University, Australia. Ivan's professional career started in 2005 as an intern at CARE International, in the HAUPA Project (Environmental Hygiene and Productive Use of Water) in the area of Water and Sanitation as a Hydrobiologist; later, he worked as Provincial Responsible for the Anti-Vectorial Malaria Fight, in the Northern Provinces of Mozambique. Later, Ivan Nerantzoulis embraced a teaching career, first as a trainee assistant and later as a Lecturer-Researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences, University Eduardo Mondlane. From 2020, Ivan was working as the Ecologist for construction´s companies in the sector of Oil & Gas, and Energy Transport (400 kV Single-Circuit Transmission Line). Currently, Ivan Nerantzoulis is working as Technical Advisor for Biodiversity Offsets at WCS Mozambique. Ivan Nerantzoulis has more than 15 years of professional experience as a Biologist/Ecologist with solid knowledge on the fauna and flora of Mozambique; familiarized with the IUCN Red Data List, the Law of Forests and Wildlife, CITES and other conservation platforms and protocols that Mozambique is part of; Experience in forest and fauna inventories; Relevant experience in environmental impact assessment and mitigation; His field of expertise is: freshwater and wetland ecology, aquatic, wetland and terrestrial fauna & flora evaluations, aquatic biomonitoring and wetland habitat evaluations.
Rosalina Celeste Francisco Cossa
Rosalina Celeste Francisco Cossa serves as Intern at WCS. Rosalina Cossa has a degree in Aquatic and Coastal Marine Biology from the Department of Biological Sciences at the Eduardo Mondlane University. Before joining WCS, she started her first steps in biodiversity conservation as a field officer at the Eduardo Mondlane University. At UEM, she was involved in the Project to assess the impact of extreme events on the macrofauna of the Save river mangrove in Govuro in Inhambane province and in the Project for environmental monitoring of the capital dredging of the access channel to the port of Maputo. Rosalina has joined WCS as an intern with WCS Mozambique's Marine Programme, which aims to support marine activities in the Western Indian Ocean that contribute to climate resilience and the continued protection of key species and their habitats. She is eager to learn and to take on new challenges.
Carlos De Campos Meirinhos
Coordenador de Projecto
Carlos De Campos Meirinhos serves as Coordenador de Projecto at WCS. Carlos has a degree in Management and a Post-Graduate Degree in Communication and Brands, after several years in different European countries between teaching in the public sector and in the private sector around the operationalization of sporting, cultural and wine events, Carlos moves to Mozambique in 2012 and starts working in NGOs focusing on social entrepreneurship and in environmental sector. Developing social businesses was an introduction that fascinated Carlos and developed a passion and a path that always seeks to think together with communities in the design of business opportunities that create added value to people's lives and at the same time protect critical ecosystems. He was a focal point for Mozambique in the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative for the region and gained experience in several projects in renewable energy, rural water and sanitation, fisheries, forestry and sustainable agriculture. He is now at WCS as Director of the Blue Future Project where he sees a great opportunity to make a difference by working with coastal communities creating opportunities for sustainable development that will create condition to better conserve unique ecosystems in northern Nampula. Carlos is a compulsive beach waste picker, he likes music, people, laughs and his family. If life gives him lemons, he will most likely use them to season his food and cook it later
Acácio Chechene
Assistant of Marine Program
Assistant of Marine Program Acácio Chechene, has a degree in Marine, Aquatic and Coastal Biology at Eduardo Mondlane University and Master in Conservation Biology at Zambeze University, where he studied The effects of fire and herbivory by large mammals on the reptile and amphibian community in Gorongosa National Park as a final project of course. After graduation, Acácio was an intern at BIOFUND in the Biodiversity Offset Program. Where he worked on the design and implementation of biodiversity offsets pilot projects in Maputo National Park, Chimanimani National Park and Licuati Forest Reserve. He is now project assistant in WCS, for the Key Biodiversity Areas Project (KBA), and Spatial Biodiversity Assessment, Prioritization and Planning (SBAPP), in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Malawi. He as previous experience in the KBA assessment, he worked as a herpetofauna data management assistant on Phase 1 of the project.
Muaule Chuluma
Project Assistant at WCS
Muaule Chuluma serves as Project Assistant at WCS. Muaule Tadeu Chuluma completed her Masters in Conservation Biology in Gorongosa National Park, before beginning her journey in the Environmental Protection Area of ​​Primeiras e Segunda Islands (APAIPS), where she interned for nine months in the Marine Biology Sector. During her work at APAIPS, she coordinated the elaboration of the proposal of strategic activities for the management of the Icuria dunensis forest in the district of Pebane, Province of Zambézia, supervised nine Natural Resources Management Committees and six Community Fisheries Councils in the district of Angoche , Nampula Province. She also supported the technical teams in collecting data within the scope of the Study of the Dynamics of Artisanal Fisheries, Biology and Assessment of the State of Exploitation of Target Species in the District of Angoche, through the Project Co-Management of the Primeiras e Segundas Environmrntal Protection Area, implemented by InOM in partnership with WWF, Community Surveys within the scope of the Study on Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK), economic and sociocultural importance of marine species, as well as monitoring data on capture and accidental fishing of sharks and rays.
Manuel Nazare
Evaluation Manager at WCS
Manuel Nazare serves as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at WCS. Manuel Nazaré completed a Master's Degree in Hydrocarbon Processing Engineering at Eduardo Mondlane University, Faculty of Engineering, and a degree in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources. Prior to joining the WSC, Manuel worked as Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer at WWF Mozambique, he also worked on the PDUL project, funded by the World Bank, in the position of Environmental Safeguards Coordinator. He has had exposure to community work on safeguards since 2017. This allows him to master some ESMS requirements from donors such as World Bank, BAF, AFD, USAID, UN, etc. Manuel has recently joined WCS Mozambique, based in Nacala working as Manager of Environmental and Social Management Systems and Monitoring and Evaluation, in the Futuro Azul project and is the main responsible for the ESMS of Futuro Azul, which is being implemented in Nampula.
John Guernier
Field Operations Manager
John Guernier serves as Field Operations Manager, Mozambique at WCS. John Guernier is a conservation and development specialist with 20+ years of experience in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Australia. In recent years John has been responsible for a varity of initiatives, ranging from leading a regional program on analysis and representation of issues related to people and forests in the Asia Pacific, to establishing and co-managing Africa's second largest marine and coastal protected area. John's personal goal is to develop, demonstrate and increase support and adoption of sustainable landscape level management models, including protected areas, that achieve both biological and social outcomes.
Nilton Cuna
Tourism Manager
Nilton Cuna Studied Tourism Management at the Eduardo Mondlane University - Mozambique. His interest in conservation began with his flower culture business and was complemented in Bazaruto National Park and Niassa Reserve. Nilton has worked in Niassa National Reserve with the previous NNR management authority (SGDRN), first in the Community Assistance Program, then as the Logistics Department Manager, and he also assisted the tourism monitoring program. Nilton started with WCS Mozambique in late 2012 and helped to establish the country program and the Maputo Office and support the Niassa Reserve Program as the Logistics and Procurement Manager for the country program. In July 2018 Nilton returned to Niassa Reserve in an important step up to lead the WCS team managing this unique and spectacular reserve as Program Director.
Joao Vasco
Fleet Manager
João Vasco serves as Fleet & Workshop Manager for the Niassa National Reserve Administration. João Vasco has technical trainings in Accounting, Administrative Management, Teaching Pedagogy and Auto Mechanics. From 1981 to 1996 he worked as Official of the Ministry of Education at the Zambezia Provincial. From 1997 to 2015, he was the Fleet and Workshop Manager at The Halo Trust-Mozambique. He joined WCS in 2018 acting as Fleet and Workshops Manager.

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