SECOSUD, in agreement and collaboration with the Centre of Biotechnology of the UEM, has started a series of studies concerning some infectious diseases of particular interest for local communities, farmed livestock and wildlife that lives in the area of the Limpopo National Park.
Deadline: April 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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.
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 scientific research, environmental planning, reporting and citizen science. As a first step, a training course on biodiversity data bases has been held at UNISWA Faculty of Science from October 30 to November 3, 2017.
In the framework of BioNoMo initiative, SECOSUD II participated to a call issued by the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the global one-data research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing access to biodiversity data. The proposed project “Mobilizing primary biodiversity data for Mozambican species of conservation concern” is leaded by IIAM and also involves the UEM Herbarium, the Institute of Fishery Research (IIP), MHN, and the Entomology Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MASA). An extra budget of 40.000 Euros has been made available by GBIF-BID programme to help the digitization of data related to plant and animal species of particular conservation concern. The data will be uploaded into BioNoMo, significantly increasing the amount of information made available through the portal.
From 24th to 27th of July 2017 the SECOSUD II Project has organised and executed an on-the-job training course for the personnel of the Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering (UEM FAEF), of the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) and of the Maputo Special Reserve (REM). This training was held in Maputo, at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), and has focused the replication of the Fire Management Methodology and Approach used by the Kruger National Park (KNP) for the Limpopo National Park (LNP).
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.
We are pleased to announce that many of the partners who contributed to the Workshop held on June 22 and 23 have agreed to let us publish their presentations. Download links for each presentation (in PDF format) will be published as we get permission from the author to publish his material. Continue reading to download the presentations currently available.
On June 22 and 23, SECOSUD II Project organized an international conference, held at the Auditorium 1501 in the Main Campus of the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo, and focused on the integration of the three UN Conventions on environment (CBD, UNCCD, UNFCCC) in the SADC countries.
The event, attended by around 150 participants and with great media attention, focused on the dual objective of presenting academic and institutional experience from Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Italy towards the definition of instruments and approaches that can contribute transversally to achieve the common goals of the so-called three Rio Conventions (biodiversity, fight against desertification and climate change), and at the same time bringing together the main partners of the initiative to synchronize the actions and maximize the synergies for future programming.
Two pilot weather stations (Vantage Pro 2 Plus, Davis) have been installed by SECOSUD II staff in Limpopo National Park (Mozambique) and are already operational. They are sending data from LNP Offices near Massingir gate and from Madingane village in the Park buffer zone (see the map below). These weather stations measure, log and upload to the cloud data about temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, rain, wind speed and direction, solar radiation and energy, ET (evapotraspiration) and UV.