ICRAN with the UN Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme, and Conservation International, have formed a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature to support marine and coastal resource conservation activities in Mozambique. This unique alliance of inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations aims to support the Government of Mozambique in their efforts to create a functioning protected area in the Primeiras and Segundas Archipelagos, with the active involvement of local associations of fishermen.
Once in operation, the protected area, which is expected to be community-based, will protect the unique habitats and endangered species of the area; increase fish and prawn capture and thereby improve living standards of the people who depend on these waters for their livelihoods; and provide a focus for tourism development in Nampula and Zambezia provinces.
This project, lead at the country level by the Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA), is also working to establish an emergency protection scheme for endangered species in the Archipelago area, and an education programme targeting fishermen has been implemented to raise awareness on the need for protecting birds, marine turtles, coral reefs, sharks, whales and dolphins.
Actions undertaken by the Angoche Fishermen Association in the Islands of Puga-Puga have lead to greater protection for a colony of more than 30,000 nests of Sooty Terns (Sterna fuscata) and Greater Crested Terns (Sterna bergii), along the coast of the District of Angoche, and marine turtles accidentally caught by local fishermen nets are now being tagged and returned to the sea in the hope of improving the understanding of these species.
For more information please see the WWF website: www.wwf.org.mz