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”
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.
SECOSUD II Project has organised a workshop to present the mid-term result of the activities, on September 27th. The workshop takes place in the framework of the Symposium on Biodiversity and Development, held by the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane – UEM Campus in Maputo, from the 26th to the 28th of September.
On September 8th, 9th and 11th, 2018, in the framework of the existing partnership between the Biodiversity Information for Development Programme (BID) and the SECOSUD II Project, a workshop was held for training on the species conservation status assessments (IUCN Red Lists) and use of the tool “Integrated Publishing Toolkit” (IPT) for the publication of primary biodiversity data in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Portal.
The workshop took place in the LMA Herbarium of the Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique, Maputo, and was attended by research assistants from the BID Programme and the SECOSUD II Project, which work on the digitization of biodiversity data in the partner institutions, namely:
Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM);
Plant health department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Safety (MASA);
Herbarium of Eduardo Mondlane University (LMU);
National Institute of Fisheries Research (IIP);
Natural History Museum of Maputo (MHN).
The aim of the training is to develop skills in the application of IUCN criteria and categories for the assessment of the conservation status of priority species and improve the skills in using the IPT tool for the publication of primary biodiversity data in the GBIF portal.
In the framework of the “Biodiversity Network of Mozambique” initiative, and in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Maputo, SECOSUD II has started an on-the-job training aimed at recovering the historical herpetology collection of the Museum, and digitize the related data.
In the framework of the MoU signed with UNESWA, MoA and SNTC, the SECOSUD II project organized a training course on the use of Collect Earth software for Land Use Assessment, Land Use Change and Forest Monitoring.
Collect Earth is a tool that enables data collection through augmented visual interpretation of satellite images. In conjunction with Google Earth, Bing Maps and Google Earth Engine, users can analyse high and very high-resolution satellite imagery for a wide variety of purposes, including Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assessments. This software, developed in the framework of the OpenForis initiative, has already been used by FAO FRA in partnership with several universities around the world to perform a global assessment of forest resources.
The training was conducted at the eSwatini Ministry of Agriculture from July 2nd to 6th, 2018 and included 17 participants from MoA, ENTC, UNESWA, MET, Forestry and others.
The course was coordinated by the FAO-Rome representative, Dr. Silvio Cianciullo, with the assistance of the SECOSUD II team: Dr. Luca Malatesta (Scientific Coordinator), and Edna Munjovo (research assistant for LULUCF assessment in Mozambique).
The capacities acquired will be critical, as some of the participants will collaborate with SECOSUD II to produce a national LULUCF dataset on eSwatini, monitoring Land Use Change over 15 years (2001 -2016). The results will be used as baseline data for Sustainable Land Management, mitigating the impact of Climate Change, and setting Land Degradation Neutrality goals for local institutions.
The SECOSUD II team thanks all the participants to the course, and in particular, Mr. Sipho Shiba and Wisdom Dlamini, for their support in organizing the course and the related logistics.
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.