|Program partners and supporters
Our main program partner is the Museum of Natural History (Mozambique). Mr. Carlos Bento, Senior Scientist at the Museum, has participated in the Lower Zambezi Valley and Delta Program since 1997 and is currently serving as full-time Project Coordinator for developing the Zambezi Delta management plan. The Museum of Natural History, founded in 1913, is the principal institution for biological research in Mozambique, under the University of Eduardo Mondlane. The mission of the Museum is to preserve and publicize the biological diversity and heritage of Mozambique, conduct scientific investigations on wildlife species and their habitats, and contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems. Bento has served as principle investigator for dozens of Museum projects, assessing the social and environmental impact of various development projects throughout Mozambique. He also has conducted extensive research on wildlife and vegetation in the Zambezi Delta. His M.Sc. thesis established the links between the Zambezi River flow regime and the breeding productivity of endangered Wattled Cranes. Over the past two years, Bento has traveled throughout Mozambique and the region to raise awareness about the degradation of the Zambezi Delta and the need to designate the areas as a Ramsar Site.
We are also working in close cooperation with Mozambique’s Zambezi Valley Planning Authority (GPZ), the national and provincial offices of the Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA), WWF-Mozambique, the World Conservation Union- Mozambique and GTA to coordinate the management planning process for the Zambezi Delta.
On water resource management issues in the lower Zambezi Valley and Delta, including the ecological, economic, and socio-cultural implications of managed river flows, we are working in close consultation with the Department of Water Affairs-Mozambique (DNA), the Regional Water Authority for the Zambezi River (ARA-Zambeze), Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (Mozambique), Natural Heritage Institute (USA), the Southern Waters Ecological Research and Consulting (South Africa), the Institute for Development Anthropology (USA), the University of Minnesota MacArthur International Peace Studies Program (USA), the University of Malawi Chancellor College, the University of Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique), Dutton Environmental Consultants (South Africa), the Freshwater Research Institute of the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the Association for Water and Rural Development (South Africa), the World Fish Center (Egypt), and others.
Funding for the Zambezi Delta management planning process is provided by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, WWF-Mozambique, and the SWS-Ramsar Support Program, with matching support from the Zambezi Valley Planning Authority, Museum of Natural History, and International Crane Foundation.
Funding and in-kind support for our long-term program towards the sustainable management of Lower Zambezi waters has been generously provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (USA), Ford Foundation (USA), Foundation for Wildlife Conservation (USA), Dr. Luc Hoffmann and Fondation Tour du Valat (France), Jeffrey Short (USA), Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund (USA), South Africa Crane Working Group, Howard Walker (South Africa), ERDAS imagine software (USA), ESRI software (USA), Museum of Natural History (Mozambique), Dutton Environmental Consultants (South Africa), Zambeze Delta Safaris (Mozambique), Biodiversity Foundation for Africa (Zimbabwe), Endangered Wildlife Trust (South Africa), Institute for Development Anthropology (USA), IUCN-Regional Office for Southern Africa, Joint Venture Li-EDF-KP consultants, Sofala Provincial Department of Forests and Wildlife (Mozambique), University of Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique), University of Minnesota (USA), Department of Water Affairs (Mozambique), Zambeze Valley Development Authority (Mozambique), and the International Crane Foundation.