Welcome to the “WIORI” website, it explains our initiative which is all about exploring, understanding and protecting precious marine wildlife on the Eastern coast of Mozambique!
Our journey will allow us not only to gather cutting edge oceanographic data, images of species and habitat, to make new charts, but to analyse and understand the habitat in the shallows, and the coral reefs of the Great Africa Reef along the Mozambique coastline, to provide essential monitoring, reports and data to authorities, and educational and research institutions, but also to help local fisherman and communities to bond and live in harmony with their environment.
The project is already supported by institutions, donors, NGO's and passionate, scientists, people and organizations from all walks of life all of whom subsribe to preserving our natural resources and coastal food security.
Objective: Eliminate Threats
Essentially It is about obtaining real up to date research data which becomes the framework for action to minimize threats, design protection, and ensure conservation programmes are effective
SECURE REAL TIME DATA ON SEA GRASS, MANGROVE AND CORAL REEFS
◘ THIS DATA INCLUDES RECORDS OF SPECIES LOCATION, HABITAT IN THE FORM OF LOGGING, IMAGES AND MAPPING DATA.
◘ OBSERVING AND LOOKING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS
◘ DESIGNING AND RECOMMENDING CONSERVATION MEASURES FOR INVERTEBRATES, VERTEBRATES, FISHES AND THEIR HABITAT
◘ IMPLEMENTING SECURITY OF THE COASTLINE (PROTECTION AGAINST ILLEGAL FISHING AND PIRACY, POLLUTION)
◘ SUPPORTING ACTIVE CONSERVATION PROGRAMMES DESIGNED TO PROTECT BIO DIVERSITY
◘ Provide educational Institutions with oceanographic data
◘ Develop conservation programmes
◘ monitor progress form original data research annually
◘ Provide opportunities for post grad students in oceanographic research;
◘ Provide protection solutions and anti – poaching initiatives
◘ Train research divers…
WIORI is principally operating in three areas. In Inhambane Province from Pomene in the south to 25 mile ref in the Bazaruto Archipelago, from Savanna in Sofala Province to The Zambezi River mouth, and from Pebane to Angoche off the Zambezia and Nampula Provinces. These areas house some of the most important sea grass, mangrove and coral reef systems off Mozambique