Today with the community clean-up campaign we officially launched a new project: Empowerment of the local community of Sao Francisco, municipality of Praia, through plastic recycling to address vulnerabilities to climate change and in rural areas of Santiago, Cabo Verde. Funder Canada Fund for Local Initiatives #CFLIinCV
THE NEW LARGEST SEAGRASS MEADOW IN CABO VERDE: new title goes to Porto Lobo!
32,116 m2 (3.21 hectares) this is the size of the largest seagrass (Holodule wrightii) meadow confirmed today. Until now, the meadow of Gamboa (Praia) with 5,100 -6,000 m2 was considered the largest. But today, after the analysis of the survey results of the last two weeks, the first place goes to the bay of Porto Lobo, Sao Domingos, Santiago.
Visual communication is an important tool for enhancing ocean literacy and raising awareness about conservation of species and habitats. As a proverb says: ‘Tell me, and I will forget, show me, and I will remember, let me do it, and I will learn’.
Surveys are conducted as part of the project: Participatory monitoring of coralline communities in Santiago Island, Cabo Verde. The implementation of the National Conservation and Management Plan of Corals (2015) and The National Strategy and Action Plan for Biodiversity 2014-2030; in partnership with the National Directorate of Environment.
Seagrass (Holodule wrightii) in Gamboa Bay, Santiago - a unique habitat and largest known meadow of this marine flora in Cabo Verde. Seagrass are flower-producing plants that form meadows in shallow areas along the coast. They account for 10 percent of the ocean's capacity to store carbon, so-called "blue carbon," and can capture carbon from the atmosphere up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests.
One of our most remarkable discoveries of this year were made yesterday. While monitoring the bay in the zone of the beach Moia Moia, an extensive and continues field of hard coral Sidastrea radians was found. Rough estimate can indicate an area of at least 900-1,000 m2.
This year we celebrate World Tourism Day with a slogan ‘ Rethink Tourism’. And our rural ecotourism network ‘Raiz Azul’- ‘Blue Root’ serves as a wonderful example of a tourism that joins nature, culture and rural communities on Santiago Island.
ECOCV alongside more than 2500 delegates from 53 African and 20 other countries participated at the first IUCN Congress of Protected Areas of Africa in Kigali, Rwanda. Here we presented our work on recycling and climate change mitigation in Santiago Island.