Eco-village approach to enhance socio-ecological resilience in Cabo Verde
In 2019, University of Cabo Verde, UniCV in partnership with ECOCV secured funded for the 3 year project that focuses on the four coastal villages of Santiago Island. 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 engages vulnerable community members to monitor the health of marine and coastal ecosystems, set up the first Marine Protected Area in Santiago island, introduces the first sustainable waste management system and establishes an eco-network lead by local women in four coastal villages to support livelihoods through eco-tourism in Cabo Verde.
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 Cabo 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.