Published at 13/06/2023

BIOFUND and MIMAIP sign partnership during World Oceans Day celebrations

As part of the World Oceans Day celebrations, the Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (BIOFUND) and the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters, and Fisheries (MIMAIP) signed a partnership by endorsing a Memorandum of Understanding at the event held on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at the Maritime Museum.

This partnership aims to establish a robust framework for collaboration between MIMAIP and BIOFUND in implementing projects or programs related to the conservation of aquatic, marine, and coastal biodiversity in Mozambique. Priorities include promoting environmental education, conducting scientific research, training specialized professionals, identifying new aquatic, coastal, and marine Conservation Areas, and mobilizing financial resources as needed.

This year, World Oceans Day was celebrated under the theme “Ocean Planet: the tides are changing.” During the event, a public consultation on the Blue Economy Development Strategy was conducted, demonstrating a commitment to the sustainability of marine resources. An Aquaculture Exhibition was also launched with the slogan: “Learning to Live from and with the Sea.” The exhibition will be integrated into schools in the Province of Maputo during the month of June 2023.

In line with this year’s theme, WWF Mozambique shared a video titled “Our Planet” during the event, depicting the importance of oceans for marine life. Watch the video here!

The occasion was attended by approximately 80 people, including the National Director of Maritime and Fisheries Policies, Felismina Antia, the Executive Director of BIOFUND, Luís Bernardo Honwana, the Director of WWF Mozambique, Solani Mhango, and representatives from bilateral cooperation organizations.