In the Primeiras & Segundas Environmental Protected Area (PSEPA), the fate of the environment and its inhabitants are inextricably linked. Increased pressure on fisheries, combined with unsustainable fishing techniques and the adverse effects of climate change, has dramatically reduced the population of fish in the area. Thousands of residents of coastal communities, who have long been highly dependent on the sea’s abundance, have been finding themselves increasingly unable to feed themselves or their families as a result of declining catches.
The CARE-WWF Alliance launched the Primeiras & Segundas Program in northern Mozambique in 2008, after 5 years of important ground work established by WWF Mozambique and local partners. Now in its sixth year, the program is working to conserve and improve the fragile ecosystem of the PSEPA, while strengthening the livelihoods of the communities that depend on the area’s marine and terrestrial resources.
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