HHMI Awards $2.3 Million for Mozambique Biodiversity Project

HHMI Awards $2.3 Million for Mozambique Biodiversity Project

The has announced a five-year, $2.3 million grant to the in Mozambique in support of educational activities and infrastructure development at the in .

The grant to GRP, a U.S. nonprofit organization that works to combat biodiversity loss in Gorongosa National Park, will be used to support personnel, new educational programs, and classroom infrastructure at the lab. The park and its buffer zone cover about ten thousand square kilometers in the Great African Rift Valley in central Mozambique.

During the last ten years, GRP has assisted local farmers, built health clinics and schools, rebuilt park infrastructure, hired and trained rangers, reintroduced species to the ecosystem, and reestablished a tourism industry in Gorongosa. In 2014, GRP established the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory to increase research in the park and science education for Mozambican students.

"HHMI will be helping to build vital science capacity for managing the park's and Mozambique’s extensive biodiversity resources," said Sean B. Carroll, Ph.D., vice president for science education at HHMI. "Gorongosa National Park is one of the crown jewels of Africa, and it is also equally important as a destination for science education. This training will build science capacity in Mozambique, which will pay long-term dividends by preserving biodiversity and in helping sustain stewardship of this country's vast national park and reserve system."

"." Howard Hughes Medical Institute Press Release 06/22/2015.