Empowering local promoters of natural resource management
Leaving the management of natural resources at the hands of local communities has been proving to be a good strategy at Primeiras & Segundas. Community members monitor the no-take zones in the Moma estuary and the results have been extremely positive, increasing fish yields and specie diversity. Mangrove replanting initiatives have been successful, raising awareness of the importance of mangroves and their role in reducing the risk for disasters.
P&S has already established 25 Community Based Natural Resource Management Committees (CBNRM) in Angoche, both in the estuary and the Potone Sacred Forest. And 21 CBNRMs in the Moma estuary. Members of these CBNRMs are all playing an essential role in controlling the burning of forests, replanting trees, monitoring no-take zones and raising awareness among fishermen of the negative effects of using harmful fishing practices, such as using mosquito nets.
To facilitate the training of the community members on the approach of natural resource management across all the communities in the Moma estuary, Primeiras & Segundas trained one promoter from each of the committees to spread the message of conservation in order to improve livelihoods and reduce risk of disaster. During the training, both the marine and terrestrial natural resources were explained in depth to the participants, highlighting the importance of coastal forests, mangroves, the estuary and the no-take zones.
The training also served as an exchange of good practices from one committee to another. Dinis Cachimo, the promoter from Mingurine A, showed the other promoters how to gather mangrove seeds and replant them, while explaining the advantages of having healthy mangroves in terms of protection from strong winds and increase in fish yields.
Zeferino Amisse Phuelia, one of the community monitors of the no-take zone in Tapua, also led a visit to his community to show the other promoters how to take advantage of the plentiful fish in the spillover zones, which are located 20 meters away from the limits of the no-take zones.
“More than 80% of the population in Mozambique depends on natural resources,” said Marcos Assane, P&S’s Terrestrial Natural Resources Manager. “The main goal of sustainable management of natural resources is to guarantee the livelihoods of families.”