One month with the Our Sea Our Life team in the field

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Jeremy Huet is the Our Sea Our Life project coordinator for ZSL. In June 2016 he spent a month in the field in northern Mozambique, visiting the project sites and meeting with the people that are working with coastal communities to make fishery co-management happen! See the map of these communities below, and listen to some of the conversations that Jeremy recorded on his trip. 


Map showing Our Sea Our Life project sites

Our Sea Our Life project sites (the Tanzanian border is represented by a blue line in the North West of the map)


Rachide Cachimo is working for our project partner Ama (Association of the Environment) and is in charge of liaising with the communities. Here he shares with us his impressions following a meeting with community members, that resulted in the signature of a village agreement for the construction of the Community Fishery Council (CCP) office in Nsangue Ponta:

Rachide on CCP agreement

Community meeting, Our Sea Our Life

Rachide and community leader of Nsangue Ponta about to sign the agreement


Ercilio Chauque is the Our Sea Our Life project coordinator for Ama. Here he tells us about a diagnostic tool that assesses the CCPs’ capacity to receive technical and financial support. This diagnostic tool is based on various indicators such as gender equity, legalisation process, and statutes. 

Ercilio talking about community fisheries councils


Ercilio Chauque, Our Sea Our Life project coordinator

Ercilio next to the future CCP office in Nsangue Ponta

Mike Riddell, payments for ecosystem services (PES) specialist at project partner Bioclimate, reminds us that this support to CCPs is for them to reach a good functioning level in order to efficiently implement co-management measures.

Mike talking about supporting CCPs


Mike Riddell (Bioclimate) at a strategy meeting near Pemba, Mozambique

Mike at a strategy meeting near Pemba


Nick Hill, Livelihood specialist for ZSL, is stuck in the mud after an extensive week in Nsangue Ponta discussing the strategy for the Locally-Managed Marine Area. A great opportunity to understand the difference between replenishment and temporary zones!

Nick talking about marine reserves


Nick Hill stuck in the mud near Nsangue Ponta

Nick stuck in the mud near Nsangue Ponta


Ana Mariguesa works for the EU Delegation in Maputo. She regularly comes to Cabo Delgado where Our Sea Our Life is acting. Here she shares her insight on what underpins communities’ motivation to engage in fishery co-management.

Ana talking about community co-management of fisheries

Ana Mariguesa (EU, Mozambique) with a Village Saving and Loan Association in Quiwia

Ana with a Village Saving and Loan Association group in Quiwia

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