Introducing Our Sea Our Life

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By Jérémy Huet

ZSL has been leading the Our Sea Our Life project since 2013 in Cabo Delgado, north of Mozambique.

This part of Mozambique offers emblematic mangrove forests, huge areas of seagrasses and some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world.

In contrast to the incredible richness of marine biodiversity and natural resources, communities are extremely poor with limited access to education and health facilities. Fish is their main daily diet.

Our Sea Our Life - Mozambique
Fish is the main daily diet of people living in Cabo Delgado.

The population is increasing and the fish stock is decreasing. Illegal boats and migrants are running away from depleted fishing areas to explore what’s left in Cabo Delgado. The huge natural gas reserves are to be exploited soon. As a result, local communities and the marine biodiversity are increasingly vulnerable. But only 3.1% of Mozambique’s coastal and marine waters are protected!

Our Sea Our Life works to decrease the vulnerability of the 10,000 people living in the coastal area.


  • Our Sea Our Life works with six communities to create marine areas. Men and women of the communities will lead the management of the future marine areas covering a total of 500 ha.
  • Our Sea Our Life will create a trust fund with the government, community, civil society and the private sector that will increase the benefits of protected areas to local communities, helping to bridge the short-term opportunity costs of conservation.
  • Our Sea Our Life will encourage self-help financial services (Village Savings and Loan Associations) to support non-fishing enterprises.
  • Our Sea Our Life will stabilise the fish stock and create a model of marine management that will guarantee food to coastal communities.

The first phase of this project will be running until late 2018. This blog is designed to keep you updated as the project activities go.

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