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.
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.
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.
From May 30 to June 10, 2016, SECOSUD II Project and FAO organised a training course, held at the Department of Biological Sciences of the Eduardo Mondlane University, on the use of Collect Earth software for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry monitoring.
Secosud2 participated in a workshop held in Maputo, co-organized by the Eduardo Mondlane University (Department of Biological Sciences) and the Portuguese Node of GBIF.