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Sustainable management of Santa Luzia Marine Reserva
by Biosfera 1 and Portuguese Society for Birds Studies (SPEA) (Civil society organization)
The main objectives to be attained will be the improvement of the conservation status of the Critically Endangered Raso Lark Alauda razae, the endemic Cabo Verde shearwater Calonectris edwardsii and several other endemics and vulnerable species as well as to implement monitoring schemes of the important seabird colonies and turtle nesting beaches in the area
Simultaneously with this recovery program, Biosfera 1 and the reserve staff will be trained and the local capacity increased to help to manage these ecosystems in a sustainable model. The project will trigger the wardening system in the nature reserve and will be developed together with the local authorities.
This project aims to kick-start a surveillance program of the reserve and to implement some of the most emblematic measures of the management plan. After the end of the project we expect the reserve to be properly managed and to create the necessary working conditions for a professional team of officers and wardens of the reserve. With the initial support of this project, the governmental entities expect to start assuming the necessary management costs of this large area and to make the necessary evolution in the nature legislative framework that is currently lacking
Socially and economically the project aims to turn this area into an example of a properly managed area in West Africa that can both serve to improve local livelihoods, guaranteeing the sustainability of fishing resources and improving conditions for limited touristic exploitation. To achieve this the project will regulate fishing zones and techniques and will increase the visibility and awareness of the nature values of the area.
In terms of conservation values the removal of cats from Santa Luzia and the reintroduction of the Razo lark to this island can be a major outcome of the project, not only achieving one of the few cat eradications in African islands, but also contributing to diminishing the danger of extinction for the endangered Razo Lark, one of the most endangered bird species in the world.

The mains risks that this project faces are the possible changes in governmental policies and subsequent budget changes. To avoid this problem the team has been working closely with the governmental entities and the project has been built as a cooperative venture between all the partners, not only has an initiative from a particular NGO. The activities aim to achieve sustainability and to increase income-generating possibilities both for local fishermen and populations and also to contribute to support the reserve management costs.
Progress reports
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
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
August 2018
Reintroduction of razo lark in Santa Luzia and diminish its high danger of extinction
August 2019
Removal of cats and increase reptile threat status and seabirds habitat available and promotion of the recolonization of Santa Luzia by seabirds
December 2019
Increase the knoledge about the local fauna and to monitor biodiversity evolution after cat removal
November 2017
Create conditions for an effective wardening and surveillance system
Financing (in USD)
1,250,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2020
National Direction of the Environment (Government); Coimbra University(Academic Institution); University of Cambridg(Academic Institution); Natural Park of Madeira(Government); Friends of Calhau Association (Civil Society Organization).
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Traditional users of the Reserve (Community of fishermen)
Contact information
Tommy Melo, President, tommymelo@hotmail.com, 00238 - 9844447
Mindelo - Cabo Verde
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