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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
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
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
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
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 fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
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
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
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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