SECOSUD II Project (“Conservation and equitable use of biological diversity in the SADC region“) is financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and jointly implemented by Sapienza University of Rome and Eduardo Mondlane University of Maputo. The project operates in the framework of the three Rio Conventions of the United Nations on environment: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

SECOSUD II aims at consolidating the capacities of decision-makers responsible for land planning and management of natural resources, as well as promoting their use in support of the harmonization of land management processes at the national, regional and international level. The final objective is to boost biodiversity conservation and sustainable economic development in the SADC region, consistently with the CBD goals and in synergy with those of UNCCD and UNFCCC.

To do this, we work on strengthening the capacity of the scientific network of the SADC region, particularly the reference centers for ecosystem-based land planning and management, to fill the gap existing between scientific research and governmental institutions in charge of environmental management. This will help research institutions to fulfill their function of science and knowledge development, and also provide administrative bodies with adequate instruments and capacities to address the challenges of environmental conservation and sustainable development.

The team

The SECOSUD II team is composed of two working groups: the operative staff (Project Management Unit) is based in Maputo at the Eduardo Mondlane University (see Contacts or scroll to the bottom of the page for more info), and the Scientific and Technical Committees are based at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy).

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Call for application – 2 research assistants for biodiversity data digitisation and analysis

Download the full text of the call (PT) In the framework of our BioNoMo (Biodiversity Network of Mozambique) initiative, we are working on the digitisation of biological collections data in the Natural History Museum of Maputo, as well as in several partner institutions. We also recently partnered with IIAM, SANBI and the Royal Botanic Gardens …

Training course on the use of R for the statistical analysis of biological data

In the framework of BioNoMo (Biodiversity Network of Mozambique) initiative, SECOSUD II project has organised a training course on the use and programming of R Open Source software for statistical analysis of biological data, held at the UEM Department of Biological Sciences from November 20 to 23, 2017. The training activities were aimed at technicians …

Foundations of biodiversity data network in Swaziland – First training completed

In the framework of the MoU recently signed with UNISWA and SNTC, we are exporting the BioNoMo initiative, aimed at creating networks of primary biodiversity data providers, to Swaziland. The final objective is to create a portal to host research-grade biodiversity data from various national sources and provide these data to the public to support …


For information about SECOSUD II Project and its activities, or to propose possible collaborations, you can contact the Project Management Unit via email:


Alternatively, you can directly contact the staff or come to the Project office for a visit.

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