Pupils from the Italian school “Giovanni Falcone” on visit to the Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique

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.

In this project, thematic classes and visits to the main research institutions present in the city of Maputo are under way. Today was the moment to visit the LMA Herbarium and Botanical Garden of the IIAM (Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique). Continue reading “Pupils from the Italian school “Giovanni Falcone” on visit to the Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique”

Summer school on Agrobiodiversity in a Changing Climate

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”

SECOSUD II – Workshop of presentation of mid-term results

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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.

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Mozambican institutions publish the first national biodiversity data on GBIF

In October 2017, a partnership of Mozambican scientific institutions received funding from the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme, promoted by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the international infrastructure aimed at providing open access to data about all types of life on Earth.

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Knowledge sharing on IUCN Red Lists and data sharing on the GBIF network

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.

Training course on the use of R for the statistical analysis of biological data

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.

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Foundations of biodiversity data network in Swaziland – First training completed

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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.

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BioNoMo – Publication of data in GBIF

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.

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