On the 10th and 11th February, 2015, SPACES ran a two day workshop in Mozambique to improve understanding of poverty alleviation and coastal ecosystems in both urban and rural areas in the coastal region, for both local participants, and the SPACES team. The workshop took place at Pemba Beach Hotel, Pemba, and attracted 27 participants from a wide range of organizations including government, community-based organizations, and non-governmental organizations.


The workshop used tools and methods that facilitated system thinking – thinking about how different parts of the coastal systems are connected, and how change happens over time. The tools also ensured close interactions among the participants and facilitated sharing of knowledge and experience. The two major tools and processes that were used included:

1. System diagrams

– aimed at showing relationships between various parts of the system. Some of the key points that emerged from the system diagram were:

• Different concepts were prioritized by participants based in communities and people working in government.



2. Scenarios

– these are aimed to help people to think about change and how policies or events now might lead to different futures. The key points that emerged were:

• The importance of governance for poverty and ecosystems at the coast.
• The importance of oil and gas development as well as climate change for poverty and ecosystems at the coast.

The outputs from this workshop will be analyzed by the team and combined with the results of SPACES research to prepare system models and revised scenarios. These models will then be presented and tested at the next participatory workshop, scheduled for mid-2015.

Photos © Diego Galafassi