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.
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!