Luwire Concession Conservation and Livelihoods

Scientific research in Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique

Niassa National Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Africa, and covers 40,000km of wilderness, in northern Mozambique. The Luwire concession is the biggest block in the reserve, and itself is 1/3 the size of Kruger National Park. I work as the in-house conservation and communities scientist for Luwire.

Mozambique's civil war ended in the mid-1990s, and since that time conservation and science has slowly been returning to the country. However, due to poor access and continuing instability, little of this work has reached Niassa. In this project, we seek to monitor the baseline health of the wildlife and people in the area, conduct scientific and biological research into the local wildlife, and ultimately work to provide a bedrock of social and biological information to aid reserve management. 

This is a young project, and research is in the very early stages. I will be helping with the design and implementation of research and conservation activities in the area. If you want to find out more about this work, or visit the area, please visit Luwire's website. We are a registered NGO, and any support for our ongoing work would be greatly appreciated.