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Protect the biodiversity of Cabo Verde from marine debris
by CALAO Luxembourg ASBL (Civil society organization)
The Cabo Verdean islands are suffering from a steady flow of plastic debris carried by the Oceanic current. They accumulate mostly on the Estern shores of the archipelago. Those debris are a permanent threat to the marine fauna and the biodiversity of the islands.

The combination of the Canary marine current (along the African coast) and the Trade Winds pushes a constant flow of debris, which are mainly produced by the international fishing industry. Containers, fishing nets, and plastic bottle represent around 90% of the collected debris.

Our first beach cleaning took place in October 2015. Since then we have collected more than 9 tons of plastic debris in 21 months on 6 different isolated beaches. We work usually with students from middle high schools and unemployed people from the island capital: Espargos. We also benefited from the logistical support of the 2nd Regiment of Espargos (30 soldiers & truck).

The city hall supports our action, and collects all debris at the end of the day and puts it in the main landfill.Our next target is to set up a recycling unit (mande of bottle crusher and hydraulic baler), which could help the island handling the masses of thrash generated by the booming tourism. We are in negotiations with different stakeholders (hotels, city hall) to implement this new solution.
Progress reports
Start of educational program in Sal island on pollution, recycling and biodiversity
Start of program of monthly beach cleanings in Sal island
Staff / Technical expertise
1 coordinator based in Sal Island
Financing (in USD)
20,000 USD
In-kind contribution
5 volunteers based in Luxembourg
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2015 - 01/2020
The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION), European Investment Bank (MAIN SPONSOR, FINANCIAL INSTITUTION),
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Cabo Verde
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Aymeric THUAULT, Mr, catharsis2003@hotmail.com, +35227993592
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