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Build Knowledge of Marine Biodiversity in Comoros Archipelago, and Improve Support and Action for Conservation
Grantee Name: 
Wildlands Conservation Trust
HOTSPOT
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
LOCATION
AMOUNT
US$249,903
DATES
Jul 2018
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Jun 2020
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Project Overview Overview
CEPF Strategic Direction Strategy
HOTSPOT
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
LOCATION
AMOUNT
US$249,903
DATES
Jul 2018
-
Jun 2020

Launch a research and inventory campaign of the mesophotic (i.e., "low light") corals, important marine habitats below the 30 meters deep limit. These habitats, although important for fisheries and for biodiversity conservation, are generally little known, but in the Comoros, there is virtually no information. The scientific mission, organized with local Comorian organizations and institutions, will shed light on these habitats at a time when Comoros is preparing their marine protected area network. The project also includes capacity building, with local Nongovermental organizations, fishermen representatives, and master's students from the Comoros who will get access to state-of-the-art research methods.

Strategic Direction: 2 Enable civil society to mainstream biodiversity and conservation into political and economic decision-making.