As for many other Small Island Developing States, coastal and maritime tourism is the biggest segment for the Cape Verde destination. As ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular in Europe (its main source market), nature excursions (marine, coastal and land-based) options are growing on the islands.
However, weak regulation and supervision of tourism activities in natural areas, linked to poor scientific knowledge of the target species by some guides and tour operators, have generated adverse impacts on marine environment, species, and consequently on tourists experience threatening the sustainability of the activity itself.
In this sense, The Travel Foundation is partnering with environmental conservation NGOs and Government bodies to develop a Good Practice project that seeks to embed sustainability principles and practice across the excursions sector to improve the impacts of tourism.
The project is twofold: first it will provide tools for service providers who operate within maritime and coastal tourism excursions to ensure good sustainable practices during excursions and tourism/environmental recreation activities. Second it will seek to promote a public-civil society partnership to improve the capacity of government agencies and other stakeholders to promote, supervise and monitor sustainable excursions and recreation activities.
By supporting nature-based tourism service providers with free tools containing technical information on the environment and biodiversity of Cape Verde, as well as on international good practices for marine and coastal excursions (turtle, whale, shark, and sea bird watching, and dune excursions), we will be contributing to SDG 14. We believe that tourism sector service providers are ambassadors who will pass on sustainable practices to the tourists and therefore reduce tourism pressures on natural resources.
To ensure the sustainability of good practices, the project will build the capacity of Cape-Verdean trainers and authorities who will jointly develop training programs, licensing and certification schemes for nature tour guides to better manage tourisms environmental impacts.
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
- Integrated Coastal Management
- Other (please specify): Training and capacity building
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
- Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
Training Nature Guides on Nature-based Excursion Good Practices -Building knowledge of Nature Guides and excursion providers on species and ecosystems of Cape Verde, as well as good practices for nature-based tourism
One Nature-based Excursion Good Practice Manual - A practical manual with information about species and ecosystems of the islands, as well as good practices for nature-based tourism
A Train the Trainer Training -A training program targeting conservation NGOs, associations and environment/tourism authorities aiming at building local capacity on nature based sustainable tourism practice. The champions will then co-create training plans and supervision/ certification schemes for nature Guides
Financing (in USD)
Other, please specify
Funds are provided by the Travel Foundation, donated by the private sector, and cover staff costs, project management, activities implementation and material costs
Staff / Technical expertise
Ground NGOs working on three islands in Cabo Verde have contributed with their local scientific knowledge and expertise for the manual. The Economy and Environment ministry have also proof-read and signed off the document in alignment with national strate