The recognition was declared during the UNESCO 30th session of the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme
One of the last natural paradise on the planet, Quirimbas National Park (Mozambique), has just been recognized as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It is one of the most important marine and coastal areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, that enshrines an immense biodiversity – in fact, it is the richest park in the Country in terms of biodiversity – and it also represents an income source for a large community of fishermen.
The recognition was decided during the UNESCO 30th session of the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, currently underway (23rd-27th July 2018) in Palembang, Indonesia. Among the 51 countries taking part in the event there is also Mozambique, with a delegation made up of the Vice Minister for Land, Environment and Rural Development Celmina Pena da Silva, the Director of ANAC Mateus Muthemba, the Manager of Quirimbas National Park Albino Nhusse and other Minister officials.
“Biosphere Reserve” is a status given by the UNESCO Programme “Man and Biosphere” to some protected areas that cover parts of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and that have certain requisites. For instance, the commitment in finding solutions to facilitate conservation and sustainable use of biosphere elements, particularly biodiversity.
The nomination presented by the Mozambique government is the result of a process of public consultation at district, provincial and national level. It is the first time that the Country submits a nomination of this kind. It is an important international recognition – as it enhances local natural and cultural richness and reinforces the image of the area as a touristic destination – but it is also a great opportunity to be included in a global network that allows the exchange of information, knowledge and best practices. There are, today, 681 Biosphere Reserves distributed in 122 Countries, and each one is part of a network that promotes experiences and expertise sharing.
Istituto Oikos works within Quirimbas National Park since 2012, alongside with institutions, entities and local communities in order to develop sustainable, shared and concrete solutions for the challenges that this huge protected areas has to face. In fact, the splendid natural environment contrasts with serious social and environmental problems: inadequate hygiene practices, poor management of the coastal and marine ecosystem, endemic malnutrition and a serious over-exploitation of the sea which is compromising the main source of livelihood.
Our commitment to safeguard this protected area has strengthened even more during the last year, within the Redes Ibo project, funded by the European Union and the Lombardy Region. An initiative that aims at reinforcing all the local entities that work in the sustainable tourism sector and for the natural resources safeguard. In order to enhance what is more precious in the Quirimbas Archipelago: unique natural beauties and a priceless cultural heritage. Find out more!