Spanning 1,430 km2 of productive seascape and five islands off the coastline of Mozambique, Bazaruto Archipelago encompasses terrestrial and marine habitats of unique ecological value
Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of an extraordinary collection of terrestrial and marine habitats of unique ecological value along Mozambique’s coastline. In 2017, this critical marine sanctuary became the 13th park and first marine reserve to fall under African Parks’ management, in partnership with the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC). Our shared vision is to see this exquisite coastal ecosystem revitalised as one of the Africa’s leading and most productive marine protected areas.
A remarkable productive seascape that consists of a chain of five picturesque islands, Bazaruto is an important sanctuary for over 2,000 fish species and iconic marine megafauna including numerous species of whales, sharks, rays, dolphins and turtles.. The flagship species, however, is the dugong and Bazaruto remarkably contains the the last viable population within the Western Indian Ocean. In addition to the rich biodiversity, the Archipelago includes five islands that support a local population of approximately 5,800 people who are entirely dependent on marine resources for survival.With several well-established high-end lodges, the challenge is to position Bazaruto as a well-managed and sustainably thriving tourist destination as well as a safe and productive marine sanctuary where wildlife and people can both benefit.
Through the delivery of effective management and improved law enforcement to counteract unsustainable fishing and resource-use, and conservation-led economic development, Bazaruto will be secured for the for generations to come.
African Parks’ immediate core focus will be on strengthening law enforcement to mitigate the most immediate conservation threats and build support for the park through community engagement. Conservation monitoring, infrastructural development, and skills-based training to provide local employment are also on the agenda, with a vision to enhancing the exquisite park’s overall environmentally sustainable tourism product.
In December 2017, African Parks signed a 25-year management agreement with Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) to restore, develop and manage Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, and revitalize it to become one of the leading and most productive marine protected areas in eastern Africa.View Partners
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