Primeiras & Segundas Archipelago is Declared an Environmental Protected Area
The ten island archipelago, known as the Primeiras & Segundas islands, have been officially recognized by the government of Mozambique as a marine protected area. The area comprising of more than 1,040,926 hectares is an important breeding grounds for several species of marine turtles, diverse tropical fish, and an ecologically important area for coral reefs. The large seagrass beds, estuaries, mangroves, and islands are all of great importance to the diverse populations of species in this area, as well as to the coastal communities that depend on these resources. In recent years overfishing has threatened to decimate the local fish population, but the P&S program has been working to alleviate the burden by focusing on both livelihoods and conservation interventions with particular attention to developing strong and clear rights for communities, good governance and benefit flow and sharing.
This is a great step forward for not only the CARE-WWF Alliance Primeiras & Segundas program, but also for Mozambique and the international community. Now the largest African marine reserve, the Primeiras & Segundas remains one of the most important ecological areas in the world.
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