13. January 2022
Recycling glass and plastic into bricks!
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.
02. November 2021
Blue Carbon and the mitigation of Climate Change
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.
24. October 2021
Climate change and plastic pollution
One of the main causes of climate change is the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The gases absorb some of the radiation that would otherwise be radiated, keeping the planet warm. Impacts include: sea level rise, reduced agricultural or fisheries production, species extinction, droughts or storms. In Cabo Verde we do not have large industries or high carbon dioxide emissions in the transport sector, but... we have large amounts of plastic products that result in plastic waste!
14. September 2021
Plastic recycling in São Francisco, Santiago Island
01. August 2021
Eco-network Raiz Azul - community based ecotourism
30. April 2021
When a good day turns perfect - or in the company of 'flying' dolphins! Today, the team of #ECOCV joined artisanal fishers from Porto Mosquito for participatory monitoring survey and a super-pod of over 200 pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata) was encountered in the zone of Baia do Inferno that makes part of the new marine protected area in Santiago island (#PNBIMA). Diversity of behaviours was recorded from acrobatic leaps to bow riding. The data was collected following the Code...
23. November 2020
Since 1998 World Fisheries Day is celebrated annually to highlight the importance of this marine based labour sector. It is celebrated at the 21st of November also to signal the importance of conservation of oceans, rivers, lakes and fish species. We wanted to underline the importance of sustainable fisheries and to honour the fishermen from Porto Mosquito and P. Rincão (project sites) and for so we marked the date with various activities: - photography exhibition; - “boat tattooing” with...
09. November 2020
What a superb day in the company of 20 short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) while exploring inshore waters and training partcipatory monitoring with local fishers in Darwin Initiative project site between Porto Mosquito and the bay Baia do Inferno. It was great to see at least six calves in the group. This species is highly prone to strandings, thus it is important to mark their occurrence and habitat. If you spot whales or dolphins in Cabo Verde please report to the national...
25. September 2020
Eco-village project is all about reducing our-human negative footprint in our project sites. In Year 2 project partners and community members are progressing towards evaluation of local beaches to establish baselines of cleanliness. This helps to develop site specific waste reduction and long-term monitoring programs. One pebble beach in the fishing community, one sand beach situated farther away from the settlement and one urban beach in the capital Praia showed prevalence of plastic. The...
01. September 2020
Last weekend we were at the Eco Centre and met with the team in charge. So, what happened? State of play about the first experimental month; Teams and work schedule reorganized; Improved the glass storage location; Experimented to make a small brick with the grounded glass; Placed four containers for bottle collection in local bars and mini-markets. As important as to have a good team - responsible for the Eco Centre and to operate the glass recycling machine properly, is to have a conscience...

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