After four years of assignment to SECOSUD II Project, Luca Malatesta, Scientific Coordinator and Co-founder of the project, ended his mission in Mozambique on Friday, September 27th.
In the occasion of his official farewell, Luca has overseen the latest general assembly of the governmental and non-governmental institutions that collaborate with the project, held at the camp of Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo City.
The meeting, leaded by Stefano Frasca – SECOSUD II Project Team Leader, was attended by most of the strategic national partners who have contributed in the developing of the project in the past years and addressed the current status of the activities developed by SECOSUD II since it is foundation. The reunion was also the occasion to formally introduce to the partners the successor of Luca as Scientific Coordinator, Silvio Cianciullo. Continue reading “SECOSUD State of the Art and Farewell to our Dear Collaborator”
In the context of the SECOSUD II Program “Conservation and Equitable Use of Biodiversity in the SADC region “, the project “With scientist’s glasses” was created, which in collaboration with the Italian school “Giovanni Falcone” in Maputo, aims to approximate the world of scientific research and the conservation of biodiversity in particular to primary school pupils.
Collaborators of the SECOSUD II Italian Cooperation Project attended in the Summer School on Agrobiodiversity in a Changing Climate that took place between September 25th to October 5th of the current year at the FAO, headquarters in Rome.
The course focused on the importance of biodiversity in agriculture, paying special attention to its role in strengthening the resilience and adaptability of the cultivation systems to climate change. The purpose of the course was to provide professionals with the appropriate tools, knowledge and understanding to increase productivity and improve marketing strategies in sustainable and resilient farming systems. Continue reading “Summer school on Agrobiodiversity in a Changing Climate”
One of the collaborators of the project SECOSUD II Italian Cooperation attended in the practical training workshop of 6 days on advanced bioinformatics, which took place from 19 to 24 August 2017 in Gorongosa National Park, under the leadership of Dr. Piotr Naskrecki, deputy Director of E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory.
The National Herbarium of Mozambique (LMA), established in 1967, houses the country’s largest reference collection of dried, pressed plant specimens, currently comprising over 70.000 accessions, focusing on the wild plant diversity of Mozambique.
On July 7, 2016, SECOSUD II project started the digital archiving of the biological collections of the Natural History Museum of Mozambique (MHN), in collaboration with MHN staff. Such collections include mammals, fish, insects, birds and invertebrates.
The computerization of the biological collections of MHN is based on the use of the Specify as database program, which is installed on a network server and in principle runs on three computers. Specify is a database platform dedicated to cataloging and managing zoological and botanical collections.