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”

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.

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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Connection of the Natural History Museum of Maputo to the BioNoMo

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.

Front view of the museum – Photo Museum of Natural History of Mozambique.

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