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.
Capacity building of the community guides in Sao Francisco, Porto Mosquito, Gouveia and Rincão. Over the last two years they received training in various areas from biodiversity monitoring to tour guiding
One more experiment completed: bricks with 100% of the recycled glass sand and addition of the shredded plastic PET bottle. Recycle and Reuse: a practical way to sequester CO2 that could be released from plastic in the landfill and would enter the ocean in the form of microplastics.
Blue Carbon – is the carbon stored in marine and coastal ecosystems, from phytoplankton to fish and whales. It is one of the most effective natural tools that Cabo Verde has to mitigate climate change on the global level. For these ecosystems to do their job we need to keep them healthy and resilient.