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The team from the television network Record TV Cabo Verde joined our marine surveys to learn about research methods, marine biodiversity and challenges in Cabo Verde. During the boat based survey we explore south-west side of Santiago Island recording marine megafauna species. During the underwater exploration in Quebra Canela Bay we introduced TV crew and viewers to the underwater treasures of the most visited urban marine and coastal ecosystem in capita Praia.
In November we started of the ECO-CITIZENSHIP program in our target project sites on the island os Santiago as part of the Darwin Initiative funded project "Eco-village approach to enhance socio-ecological resilience in Cabo Verde First training was organized in the community of São Francisco with an active participation of almost 200 children and teachers from the local school Escola Não Agrupada de São Francisco and in collaboration with the ADSF - Associação para Desenvolvimento de São Francisco. During the theoretical session we shared impacts of plastic pollution, looked at the challenges and potential solutions. Two bins for recycling of paper and plastic were installed in the school and the contract was signed with the young representative for the responsible recycling. The two members of our partner organization the ADSF agreed to the first trial and the installation of the bins for recycling in their houses. The plastic and paper waste accumulation will be followed using specially designed timetables.
2-12 of October the first of such kind expedition was conducted in Baia Inferno- the first marine protected area in development for the Island of Santiago. The expedition included international partner from Spain (Edmaktub), CIIMAR (Portugal), UniCV, ECOCV, Biosfera I and community partners in Cabo Verde. The methodology included scuba diving line transects and photo-quadrants; drone surveys and videos with the deep water cable camera's.
Workshop 'Eco-Village/Raiz Azul' to identify potential indicators to monitor the changes in the resilience of the socio-ecological system in the project area on the island of Santiago.
Dr. Ronan Roche (Bangor University) started his visit in Cabo Verde with the presentation on the overview of key marine conservation challenges, shared experience from the Darwin Initiative funded project in Vanuatu and introduced potential indicators for the monitoring program.
In September we start research surveys in Quebra canela Bay in the capital Praia. Underwater visual assessment surveys of marine biodiversity are part of the project to conduct the first assessment of marine fauna and flora in the bay, and assess the ecosystem services. During the first test dive we trialed line transect survey, and even though the visibility was not the best, the method was found to be successful.
IWDG Cabo Verde Humpback Whale Expeditions , the RV Maktub (Edmaktub) and partners Canola Pictures Swiss Whale Society, Bios.cv visit Baia do Inferno (aka Baia Santa Clara or just 'pa dentu' as local fishers say), the potential first MPA on Santiago Island, during their exploration of Cabo Verdean seas in search of humpback whales. The Bay as always greeted visitors with all it's magnificence and sounds of red-billed tropicbirds.
Associação Cabo-verdiana de Ecoturismo Darwin Initiative Universidade Cabo Verde
5th of July- Happy Independence Day, Cabo Verde!!
Raiz Azul team joins scouts 'Agrupamento Escuteiros São Francisco Xavier' for the big clean of our beautiful and unique coast. May our country be green, blue and clean!
Universidade de Cabo Verde - UniCV Darwin Initiative Associação Cabo-verdiana de Ecoturismo ADSF - Associação para Desenvolvimento de São Francisco
Today, as we celebrate World Oceans Day, we officially launch our project "Raiz Azul" meaning the 'Blue Root' as translated from the caboverdean language. Cabo Verde is 99% of water, our land was born from the ocean, our skin is engraved with salt crystals, sea breeze plays in our hair. The project aims to strengthen the resilience of coastal and marine socio-ecological system 'Raiz Azul" of Santiago island and Cabo Verde.
The project is funded by the Darwin Initiative (UK) and implemented by the Universidade de Cabo Verde - UniCV in partnership with the Associação Cabo-verdiana de Ecoturismo ECOCV and many national and international collaborators.
Marginalization of rural communities leads to difficulties in exploring new income opportunities. This prevents the adoption of sustainable practices in response to threats to local ecosystems.
This project will engage vulnerable community members to monitor the health of marine and coastal ecosystems, set up the first Marine Protected Area in Santiago island, introduce the first
sustainable waste management system and establish an eco-network lead by local women in four coastal villages to support livelihoods through eco-tourism in Cabo Verde.
Today was a very important day for us at ECOCV. We have signed the collaboration and partnership protocol with the Universidade de Cabo Verde UniCV.
This is an important step for both institutions to implement projects for the sustainable development of the local communities, the promotion of ecotourism and practical actions for the conservation of the national environment.
Happy Happiness Day from our wonderful marine team: ECOCV/Uni-CV and the whales.
The two humpback whales were spotted today in Praia, during our research survey. The humpback whales migrate to Cabo Verde to reproduce. This period generally lasts from february to the beginning of june. If you see a whale or a dolphin, please inform us, and join our network of participatory conservation and monitoring of cetaceans in Cabo Verde.