On September 27, 2018, in the context of the Biodiversity and Development Symposium of the X UEM Scientific Conference, the mid-term results of the SECOSUD II project have been presented in a dedicated workshop.
The advancements of 4 different project activities have been illustrated and discussed by the project staff and the representatives of many stakeholders from political and scientific institutions.
The workshop was opened by a Core talk by Prof. Fabio Attorre (SECOSUD II general Coordinator) on Biodiversity and Governance. Prof. Attorre discussed the main actions and strategies undertaken at the international level to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, analysing their outcomes and providing useful insights into the next steps and approaches required for a successful and effective conservation.
Dr. Cornelio Ntumi (Head of UEM Dept. of Biological Sciences)presented the state of the art of SECOSUD activities, in all its 5 components, introducing technical presentations on each of the activities, as described in detail below.
Management systems for fires and natural resources in transfrontier conservation areas
The fire and water Decision Support Systems for the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area have been completed, and will provide a key tool for systemic management in two critical decision making contexts. The systems are based on a diagram of the interactions between the factors influencing fire, water quality and aquatic biodiversity, as well as on spatial data from field surveys, automatic data loggers and prediction models.
While the systems can already work at full potential in Kruger National Park, some more data from Limpopo National Park are needed. A collaboration between the two parks has been established for the transfer of know-how and the organisation of joint field research.
Platforms for sharing primary biodiversity data, and joint initiatives by universities and research centres for publishing data on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility portal
The Biodiversity Network of Mozambique, the initiative to share primary biodiversity data form all the country on a national portal, has now more than 200,000 records from all provinces, embracing a time span of more than 60 years. The web portal has been improved with some new functionalities and a more straightforward visualisation of search results.
In the framework of this initiative, the first data produced in Mozambique have been shared on a global scale through the Global Biodiversity Information facility, in the context of the “Biodiversity Information for Development” Programme.
Data on land cover in Mozambique and its changes in the last fifteen years (2002-2017)
A national dataset on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry has been produced through the augmented visual interpretation of very high resolution satellite images in 25,000 plots from a regular grid encompassing all Mozambique. A 6% loss (3M hectares) of the original forest cover has been observed in the last 15 years, mainly due to agriculture and urban development. Some new forests have formed in the same period, mostly in undisturbed areas. Urban areas are increasing across the whole country, Maputo being the province in which most urban development has been observed.
Preliminary studies on the incidence of parasitosis by Echinococcus spp. in the livestock – wildlife – human interface
The methodology and the first steps of the research in Limpopo National Park on the incidence of Echinococcosis, a zoonosis acting in the wildlife-livestock-human interface, have been presented and discussed. The final aim of this activity is to develop basic guidelines that, with some simple and easy-to-follow suggestions, could help lower the incidence of the parasites. This could in turn facilitate the coexistence of the protected area and the population living inside it, as well as in the buffer zone, by improving health, food security and welfare as connected to revenues from livestock. Wildlife health would also be positively affected.
During the final discussion and wrap-up, sustainability strategies to follow up with the activities and effectively used the products presented have been hypothesised. Some comments and suggestions were also provided by the audience and the project partners for an effective dissemination and use of the data and research products resulted from the activities. Replication and extensions of some activities in other SADC countries (e.g. Zimbabwe) have been planned for the next months.
Below you can find more details on the talks (click on the title to download the related presentation).
Core talk “Biodiversity and Governance”
Prof. Fabio Attorre (Sapienza University of Rome)
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Salomão Bandeira (UEM)
SECOSUD II Project: state of the art
Prof. Dr. Cornelio Ntumi (UEM)
Topic I: Mobilizing primary biodiversity data
Moderator: Prof. Fabio Attorre (SECOSUD II General Coordinator)
Biodiversity Network of Mozambique: new digital data and biological collections
Luca Malatesta, Domingos Sandramo, Celso Sardinha (SECOSUD II)
Mobilizing data for Mozambican priority species
Clayton Langa, Castigo Datizua, Raquel Raiva, Joelma Souane (IIAM)
Topic II: Conservation Areas and natural resources management
Moderator: Dr. Luca Malatesta (SECOSUD II Scientific Coordinator)
Fire management Decision Support Systems for Kruger and Limpopo National Parks
Prof. Fabio Attorre
Kruger National Park aquatic biodiversity management Decision Support System
Edoardo Scepi (PROGES Consulting)
Land Use and its changes in Mozambique assessed through augmented visual interpretation
Edna Munjovo (SECOSUD II)
Preliminary studies on the incidence of Echinococcus spp. in Limpopo National Park area
Dr. Gianluca Zaffarano (University of Bologna)