In the framework of partnership program with government and private institutions, the SECOSUD 2 Project was part of the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) delineation Workshop, led by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Three research assistants from the SECOSUD 2 Project have provided technical support as data management assistants.
The workshop took place on 14 and 15 November 2019, in Maputo and was attended by 60 participants from four countries (Mozambique, South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia), representing different sectors involved in the project. It resulted in the delineation of 42 potential KBAs in Mozambique, where 6 of them are marine.
The delineation process was done in 4 groups based on the geographical areas of the country (south, center, north and marine area). Each of the groups composed by experts from different taxonomic groups and other participants, was led by a spatial planning expert. The Data compiled by the Data Management Assistants (Including the SECOSUD 2 Project Research Assistants) such as population size, habitat ecology and potential threats, over the past 8 months have been analyzed from different perspectives, resulting in above mentioned 42 KBAs proposals.
The KBAs criteria were applied to plants, insects, freshwater fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, marine biodiversity and ecosystems. The final validation workshop will happen in March 2020, and till then it is expected that the results achieved so far are improved and more areas are identified. The closure of the project will be on May 2020.