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WWF Mozambique: our solutions

Fishing boats on Ibo Island, Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique
What are the problems? © WWF

Marine conservation

Off the coast of Mozambique lies the Quirimbas Archipelago, a chain of 28 islands stretching almost 800km. Eleven of these islands make the Quirimbas National Park, where WWF is making sure that park infrastructure is in place, park personnel are available and that links exist among various stakeholders within the park.

Similar work is under way in the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park. WWF seeks to involve community organisations in the protection, management and sustainable use of the national park, together with management authorities and private sector partners.

For a comprehensive overview of our work in Mozambique, check:

The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the world's largest land mammal. © WWF / Martin Harvey

Forest and woodland conservation

Mozambique’s borders straddle several important ecoregions of eastern Africa, including the Miombo woodlands, a 3.6 million km2 area dominated by woody vegetation that has been shaped by the interaction of people, fire and wildlife (especially elephants).

A stable political situation, growing human populations, and the resulting pressure in land use has motivated WWF to work with local communities to improve their lives without sacrificing natural resources.

An important component of our work is linking the poor with markets by seeking opportunities, as well as supporting various value-adding schemes to enable their goods to compete on the market.

Another key ecoregion where WWF works is the Great Rovuma Wilderness, an area straddling the Rovuma River that borders Tanzania and Mozambique. Home to wild dogs, eland and a large population of elephants, the area also contains important marine habitats and wetlands of global significance. But this is also home to some of the poorest people in the world, and over-exploitation of natural resources is threatening the resource base of future generations.

WWF is exploring in depth the threats to natural resource and opportunities in the area, and developing a comprehensive resource management strategy. Over time, pilot community-based resource use and management measures is expected to lead to increased community ownership of, benefits from, and care for the natural resources of the area.