We are a Maputo- based Non Profit Organisation dedicated to enhancing marine conservation effectiveness in Mozambique by providing integrated management and climate-smart support to established and emerging Conservation Areas,  and by developing future conservation leaders through professional training and mentorship.

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Likhulu’s Objective

Likhulu strives to strengthen the administration and protection of marine ecosystems in established and emerging conservation areas, and in biodiversity hotspots across Mozambique to ensure a durable blue economy and human wellbeing.

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Our Mission

To deliver marine conservation impact and grow future conservation leaders.

Our Vision

Sustainably utilised, valued, and thriving marine and coastal ecosystems in Mozambique.

Our Values

Uncompromising excellence; Integrity; Professionalism and Passion

What’s in a name?

Likhulu means “open ocean” in Rhonga- a dialect spoken by the people of Maputo Province in Mozambique. It refers to expansive marine realm stretching over 2,400 km along the country’s shoreline, the very same biologically rich territory that both Likhulu’s founders honour and revere, and have dedicated most of their lives to understand and protect. Likhulu was established in September 2022.


We serve to meet Mozambique’s marine conservation needs

Likhulu designs and implements conservation solutions to meet the needs of
protected areas, threatened habitats, and coastal communities

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Mozambique’s Marine Protected Area network covers only 2.57% of its Exclusive Economic Zone, but recent Government commitments will see coverage expanding to between 10 – 12% (Report 1).

The need is to expand Protected Area coverage,
and develop a force of skilled conservation leaders to manage new or enlarged MPAs.


Mangroves: Only 34% of Mozambique’s mangroves have some form of protection, yet around 400,000 people depend on healthy mangroves for their livelihoods (Report 2).

Coral Reefs: Global climate models project the timing of annual severe bleaching (ASB) conditions; a point at which reefs are certain to change and recovery will be limited. Using the newest generation of IPCC climate models (CMIP5), the average year for the projected timing of ASB is 2054, but Mozambique is predicted to reach ASB by 2040 (Report 3).

Seagrass: Up to 8,8 ha/year of Mozambique’s seagrasses are being lost as a consequence of unregulated artisanal fishing alone (Paper 4).

The need is to prevent loss of mangroves, coral reefs (including associated reef fish), and seagrasses, and support the coordination of monitoring and restoration of these threatened habitats at national level.


The more mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrasses diminish, the greater the exposure of coastal communities to climate change impact becomes.
In East Africa, Mozambique is ranked the most vulnerable country
to exposure of climate-related hazards (Paper 5).

The need is to strengthen the resilience of coastal communities through
artisanal fisheries governance, adaptation to climate change, and livelihood diversification.



Likhulu combines decades of marine and coastal conservation expertise and know-how to fortify Mozambique’s blue economy and accelerate conservation impact.

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We develop & nurture Mozambique’s marine conservation practitioners and Conservation Area staff through our


Likhulu’s Leadership Programme offers accredited part-time professional training to enhance the capacity and skills required for the effective management of Marine Conservation Areas in Mozambique. The Programme offers a range of modules- tailored to multiple governance levels, and comprising key sectors of marine protected area administration and operation- from law enforcement and marine ecology to Governance and financial management.

  • Virtual & in-person lectures
  • Practical training in Marine Conservation Areas


Likhulu’s LMMA Capacity Development Programme aims to develop the management skills and competencies required by community-led organisations to operationalise Community Conservation Areas.

  • Skills exchanges
  • Leadership mentors provided to select modules


Likhulu’s Internship Programme offers University students the opportunity gain first-hand practical experience by accompanying field trips, shadowing project implementation, and data collection and analysis.

We provide technical support & services to Marine Conservation Areas (MCAs) and the private sector through our

Our Management Solutions Lab supplies both in-house and associate partners to help develop fit-for-purpose conservation interventions alongside your team, to design or lead projects as your implementing partners, or to contract on short-term consultancies.

  • Biodiversity baseline assessments
  • Monitoring & Research
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Fisheries management plans
  • Sustainable financing mechanisms
  • Management plans
  • Operational & Business Plans
  • MPA Development/ expansion
  • Advanced technology & Communication Systems
  • Law Enforcement

We develop innovative & sustainable approaches to support resilient coastal communities & reduce climate change impacts
on people and marine biodiversity through our

We develop innovative & sustainable approaches to support resilient coastal communities & reduce climate change impacts
on people and marine biodiversity through our

  • Biodiversity offset projects
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change
  • Payment for Ecosystem Services
  • Carbon-neutral travel solutions that contribute towards reforestation
  • Establishing and strengthening market links
  • NDC implementation support


As a nascent Organisation, Likhulu’s list of active Projects is set to grow exponentially
throughout 2023.
Here’s what we’ve been working on across our three labs so far:



Likhulu’s core workforce is compact, highly agile, and incomparably passionate.
Our accomplished network of partners and practitioners amplify Likhulu’s scope and ability to deliver effectual conservation interventions and to develop future conservation leaders

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 Meet the Founders

Marcos Pereira (MSc)- Founder & Director

Marcos has more than 20 years of professional experience leading and executing marine and coastal biodiversity projects in Mozambique, with emphasis on research and monitoring in support of designing conservation strategies. Marcos specialises in coral reef, reef fish, marine turtles, coastal ecosystems, as well as recreational activity science (sport fishing and tourism), and to a degree- on small scale fisheries. Marcos also has deep knowledge of and experience with marine pollution monitoring. A large body of hislifetime’s work and experience has been dedicated to supporting Mozambique’s marine Conservation Areas. He is an avid and skilled scuba diver and licensed coastal skipper. Marcos has authored and co-authored more than 150 publications. He firmly believes in promoting and nurturing a new generation of marine scientists and conservationists, often collaborating with the Department of Biological Sciences to provide student supervision and lecturing. Marcos serves on the technical task force for the Nairobi Convention, on the Board of Directors for BIOFUND, and is a founding member and Vice-President of the Eyes on the Horizon Association.

Karen Allen (BSc) – Founder & Director

Karen brings 17 year’s of practical conservation management experience to Likhulu as a marine-focused project coordinator, with emphasis on operations management of MPAs and marine law enforcement. Karen has spent over a decade developing sustainable financing and management solutions for Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, and enhancing the protection of its endangered dugong population alongside the National Administration of Conservation Areas. This groundbreaking work led to Karen’s International recognition as a committed conservationist through the Future For Nature Award in 2015. Her role in the conceptualisation and development of a long term co-management partnership between the Government of Mozambique and African Parks has helped secure a prosperous future for Bazaruto. Karen now specialises in designing integrated management and operational plans for conservation areas throughout Mozambique, and enhancing professional skills and capacity development in the marine conservation sector.

 Our Organizational Structure


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We serve to meet Mozambique’s marine conservation needs.

So let us know if there’s anything we can help you design, develop, or implement


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