Phase 2 - Oct 18 to Sept 23:
This phase of the Omali Vida Nón project is being implemented by a consortium of four NGOs, in close partnership with the national and regional governments:
Fauna & Flora International
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the first international wildlife conservation organization to be created in the world. Its mission is to conserve endangered species and ecosystems around the world by choosing solutions that are sustainable, science-based and that consider human needs. FFI has extensive experience in organizational capacity building and protected area development and management and leads the consortium responsible for project implementation. The project team includes: Luisa Madruga (Project Coordinator in São Tomé and Príncipe; based in Príncipe),Rita Ramos (Project Assistant; based in Príncipe) and Berry Mulligan (Senior Coordinator of the Marine Programme (Eurasia); based in Cambridge, UK) .
Fundação Principe (Príncipe)
Fundação Príncipe is a local NGO which promotes sustainable development and conservation initiatives on the island of Príncipe. Its areas of intervention include: conservation, environmental education, economic development and community engagement. The Fundação Príncipe team is made up of: Claricela Andrade (Project Assistant, Príncipe), Cileine Fernandes (Junior Project Assistant, Príncipe) and Manuel da Graça (Field Assistant, Príncipe).
Oikos (São Tomé)
Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento (Cooperation and Development) is a Portuguese NGO that has been working in São Tomé and Príncipe since 2015, where it focuses on projects related to biodiversity conservation, environmental policy and the strengthening of local institutions. The project team includes: Rogério Rosa (Oikos Coordinator in São Tomé), Ricardo Freitas (Assistant Project Manager, São Tomé), Márcio Guedes (Project Assistant, São Tomé) and Rita Cruz (Communications Officer, São Tomé).
MARAPA is a national small-scale fisheries NGO created in 1999. It is recognized for its experience in supporting the fisheries sector in São Tomé and Príncipe. The project team includes: Albertino dos Santos (technical fisheries specialist), Hélder Bastos (Community Promoter), Sinaida Espírito Santo (Community Promoter) and Mariley Ceita (Administrative and Financial Manager).
Phase 1 - Jul 16 to March 19:
The first phase of this project was the result of a partnership between institutions in Principe (Principe Trust Foundation, the Regional Directorate for Fisheries and the Biosphere Reserve) and the University of Exeter, UK. From July 2016 to March 2019, the project was funded by the Darwin Initiative, a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide.
University of Exeter (UK)
The team based at the University of Exeter included: Dr Ana Nuno (Interdisciplinary approaches in Conservation Science), Guillermo Porriños (graduate research assistant),
Dr Kristian Metcalfe (Marine conservation and management), Dr Annette Broderick (Marine Conservation) and Prof Brendan Godley (Conservation Science). UoE has been working on marine biodiversity conservation in Central Africa since 2003. The team has vast interdisciplinary experience working in areas of high natural resource reliance and focusing on social and ecological considerations with stakeholder engagement.
Principe Trust Foundation (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Principe Trust Foundation promotes sustainable development and conservation initiatives on the island. Areas of intervention include: conservation (terrestrial and marine), education, economic development and community engagement. The Foundation works in close partnership with several local institutions. The team working in the project and based at Principe Trust Foundation included: Litoney Matos (local project coordinator), Cileine Fernandes (project officer) and Dr An Bollen (manager of coastal and marine conservation programme).
Biosphere Reserve, Príncipe
The Autonomous Region of Principe opted for a sustainable model of development, and the recognition of the island as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2012 was key to this process. This structure provides guidance on conservation, environmental and economic development of the island. It contributes to the protection and dynamization of natural heritage, by obtaining and disseminating scientific knowledge, and promoting tourism and sustainable development. Its management is done by the Regional Government (general coordination) and the Principe Trust Foundation (scientific coordination).
Regional Fisheries Department, Príncipe
The Regional Secretariat for the Economy and the Regional Delegation of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock also form part of our project team. The Regional Fisheries Department is responsible for implementing the Government's policies on artisanal fisheries, providing technical support to fishers and fish traders for promoting improved living conditions and sustainable artisanal fishing. In the Directorate-General for Fisheries, we had the support of our focal point, Mirian Cravid (fisheries technician).