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 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 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.
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.
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).
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.