Government invests $4 million to save marine ecosystems on Mozambique's coast

The National Institute for Fisheries Research launched this Thursday in Maputo a project called "ReMoTURB", valued at four million dollars to save marine ecosystems endangered by climate change.

The Mozambique channel is facing climate change, the impact of which is already being felt in different parts of the country. An example of this is the frequent occurrence of intense cyclones in recent times.

Since, with climate change, the oceans are also already suffering from warming or intense cold in different places, the distribution of marine ecosystems tends to get out of control.

In this context, the director of the National Institute for Fisheries Research, Jorge Mafuca, points out some solutions that, according to him, should not be isolated to solve the problem.

As a kick-off, the National Institute for Fisheries Research has developed the Mozambique Continental Shelf Marine Research Project, called "ReMoTURB", which will be focused on the processes of describing the oceans and fishery resources on the Mozambican coast.

"With this project, we intend to go out to sea to get data that will allow us to say how we are doing from the point of view of fishery resources. But we also want to use historical data that will allow us to say how we have been up to now and then make projections for 100 years from now and see how we will be with the expected changes in climate change," explained Mafuca quoted by "O País".

The source advanced that the project is valued at four million dollars, has a duration of four years, and is expected to find solutions needed to respond to the climate change occurring throughout the country.

With the program, it is also expected to produce knowledge that will allow the country to know which direction it will have to take, from the point of view of fishery resources.

"We know that the increase in the population of Mozambique, in the coming years, will mean a greater need for food, but, with these changes, we do not know how, in fact, the animals will behave if there is greater or lesser productivity, because it is expected that, with these changes, some of the animals will have to change location," said the official.

Besides the "ReMoTURB" project, Jorge Mafuca stressed that the efforts to maintain the marine resources continue and, this week, the mangrove restoration program, which has been devastated in recent years, was launched.

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