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Safeguard marine and coastal biodiversity in Cabo Verde from current and emerging threats, by enhancing the enabling and regulatory frameworks in the tourism sector and activating a critical further subset of the national protected areas system.
by National Directorate of Environment (Government)
Cabo Verde has set ambitious targets to mainstream tourism and conservation of its marine and coastal biodiversity. The achievement of these targets relies on long term competitiveness, which for a significant proportion of the tourism on offer depends on good environmental quality standards and the effective conservation of the countrys landscape and marine biodiversity assets.
This commitment will support mainstreaming biodiversity considerations into the tourism sector, while strengthening the conservation of Cabo Verdes important marine biodiversity by operationalizing a critical new subset of Protected Areas (PAs). The government will develop and put into place coherent and effective enabling frameworks (i.e. legal, policy, regulatory and institutional) for enhanced multi-sectoral strategic land-use planning at the landscape level. Furthermore, the aim will be to operationalize of 7 additional marine PAs based on the development of management and ecotourism plans and associated regulations. The identification of new potential Marine Protected Area sites for inclusion in the national PA network will also be supported, as well as the definition and piloting of co-management and conflict resolution mechanisms. Cost-effective PA revenue generation mechanisms will be developed and tested in conjunction with tourism sector stakeholders. An environmental monitoring program to track the impacts of tourism and fisheries in PAs will be installed and Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns implemented to promote the role of PAs and sustainable tourism in Cabo Verde.
Progress reports
December 2020
Marine biodiversity conservation is mainstreamed into tourism planning and operations at national level and on priority islands
December 2020
The coastal and marine PA estate in priority islands is expanded and strengthened
Financing (in USD)
13,711,831 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2017 - December 2020
Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (government), National Directorate of Environment (government), General Directorate for Tourism (government), National Directorate for Marine Resources (government), UNDP, Cabo Verde Investment (CVI) and Agency for Integrated Tourism Development on Islands Boa Vista and Maio (Local and national government), National Institute for Fisheries Development (Government), The Maritime and Port Agency (government), Municipalities on the targeted islands (local governments), University of Cabo Verde (academia), NGOs, national and regional associations and local community groups
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Alexandre Rodrigues, National Diretor, Alexandre.M.Rodrigues@maa.gov.cv, +2383337171
Ch de Areia, Praia, Cabo Verde Repoblic
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