Participatory Cetacean Conservation and Research, Sotovento Islands
The project aims to create an enabling environment for the participatory cetacean monitoring and conservation in the Sotavento (South) Islands of the archipelago. Local sea users from fishers to tour operators will be involved to monitor and report whale and dolphin sightings. Workshops are organized to develop and trial in the field the first whale watching guidelines/Code of Conduct for the sea users in Cape Verde. Number of cetacean rescue teams will be trained and assembled within coastal communities to respond to cetacean standings. Project contributes to the implementation of the National Cetacean Conservation Plan which was approved in June 2015 and is implemented in collaboration with the National Directorate of Environment.
Participatory Shark and Ray Conservation and Research, Cape Verde
Project creates an enabling environment for the participatory monitoring and education of sharks and rays in Cape Verde. Activities contribute to the implementation of the national elasmobranch conservation strategies. All project participants such as fishers gain more knowledge about marine environment and recourses they depend upon, while governmental agencies will acquire information to shape management strategies for the target species and their habitat.
Data mobilization and citizen science for the conservation of marine megafauna in Cape Verde
Project creates a tailor made system for the participatory data recording and reporting system of cetaceans and elasmobranch. This contributes to the long-term monitoring of these marine animals in Cabo Verdean waters and will facilitate development and implementation of threat mitigation and habitat conservation measures in our country.