TUI Sea the Change Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (BANP) is a spectacular marine reserve which is home to several protected species including sharks, dolphins, turtles, and corals. Recognised as ecologically important, the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago was declared a protected area in 1971 and comprises five islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue. BANP is also home to around 7,000 local people who live on three of the five islands. 80% of the population relies on marine resource harvesting as their primary livelihood.

But the park is facing severe threats, both on its islands and in its marine habitats. Exponential population growth in the region, climate change, uncontrolled tourism and waste have negatively impacted the area’s biodiversity and the livelihoods of the local people. The overuse of natural resources, illegal fishing practices and poorly regulated tourism activities have inflicted damage on the park’s coral reefs, seagrass meadows, fish stocks and threatened species populations, also resulting in the loss of tourist revenue.

TUI Sea the Change Mozambique focuses on the ongoing, sustainable management of the park and builds on the extensive work already being undertaken to safeguard the future of this unique reserve.

TUI Sea the Change Mozambique improves the management of Bazaruto Archipelago National Marine Park by creating sustainable monitoring systems, engaging both the local community and the tourism industry, and collecting waste from the islands in the archipelago and recycling thereof on the mainland.

To protect the 1,430 km² of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Marine Park’s coastline, a carrying capacity study on the most popular dive sites will be undertaken and 42 buoys for slow zones, no take zones and mooring will be installed. A skipper licensing system will also be introduced to train 150 skippers in how to control illegal operators and enforce park regulations around maritime activities.

TUI Sea the Change Mozambique also focuses on supporting community development, including raising awareness of the park’s activities. 7000 local people receive training on marine conservation and will get involved in conservation campaigns; 2,000 fishers receive training on sustainable fishing practices and fishing associations receive sustainable gear. In addition, 200 community members receive skills training to diversify and improve their livelihoods.

Sustainable tourism experiences are also created, with 25,000 people participating in marine experiences offered by licensed skippers and companies that service the islands and use the mooring buoys. The park tracks its number of visitors and collects 120 tons of waste of which 80% gets recycled.


African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that assumes responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks manages 22 national parks and protected areas in 12 countries covering over 20 million hectares in Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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