Under the motto “We are part of the solution for nature”, on 22 May Mozambique celebrated International Biodiversity Day.
Mozambique celebrates International Biodiversity Day with the launch of Key Biodiversity Areas
© Thomas P. PESCHAK
© Denise Nicolau
© Denise Nicolau
Biodiversity is indispensable for the balance of natural ecosystems, and is of great importance for the life and survival of humanity. For example, the variety and balanced use of natural resources make possible the availability and quality of the water we drink, the air we breathe, the foodstuffs we produce, the stability and protection of mountain areas, and the protection of coastal zones, among others.
At a time when natural resources are coming under great pressure, due to socio-economic development, Mozambique is taking a leadership role and, using new procedures, it is identifying, mapping and launching for the first time in the country, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). The KBAs are places which, due to their special characteristics make a significant contribution to the persistence of biodiversity globally, in terrestrial, aquatic and subterranean environments (IUCN, 2016). As a result of this study, 29 KBAs have been identified and mapped. 25 of these are terrestrial and four are marine. They cover a total area of 139,947.05 km2. This activity took place under a partnership between the Ministry of Land and Environment, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and other partners, including the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND). It was financed by USAID through the SPEED+ Project. To find out more about the KBAs click here. You can also access the documents in the BIOFUND digital library, here.
Today we are all called upon to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, since after all “we are part of the solution for nature”.
Small actions, such as planting a tree, or keeping the environment clean, among other practices, can help conserve biodiversity. Do your part and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity!