Cabo Verde creates and implements comprehensive frameworks for maritime sector planning and threat management
by National Directorate of Environment (Government)
This commitment will ensure that biodiversity and environmental sustainability considerations are mainstreamed within the sector development visions and plans outlined in the Blue Growth Strategy. The latter include most notably aquaculture; artisanal, industrial and sports fisheries; energy generation; port construction and related industrial developments; and maritime traffic. In the process the necessary mandatory standards and processes will be established for operationalization of these sector plans.
The government and its partners will work to set up and operationalize a GIS-based Integrated Marine Spatial Planning (ISMP) platform to provide a centralized planning and decision-making support to these sectors and the Blue Growth undertaking more widely. Involving a cross-sector platform already established under the Blue Growth initiative, will secure initiate lifetime adoption by relevant sectors IMSP that embraces long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability.
This initiative will moreover provide support to the Government to establish the national frameworks towards a number of important International Maritime Organization conventions that the Government signed but has not yet implemented nationally. This includes MARPOL, OPRC, the London Convention and the Anti-Fouling Convention. It will entail the preparation and adoption of legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as the preparation of a national early warning system and of intervention protocols for maritime accidents and oil/ chemicals spills.
In a similar vein, a first national Invasive and Alien Species (IAS) prevention and management framework for Cabo Verde will be developed. This will entail an assessment of IAS pathways and vectors, as well as the development and adoption of a national IAS strategy and of the related legal and regulatory IAS framework. In the process, the project will also catalyze the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention21 and establish the related national framework.
To ensure that biodiversity considerations are fully integrated in the nation-wide up-scaling of community co-management of fisheries, the project will engage other fisheries sector partners to provide regular reviews and technical benchmarking at central levels, such as on the ecosystem approach in fisheries, on vulnerable and priority species and ecosystems and on biodiversity-friendly fishing gear and practices. In the process the project will conduct a feasibility assessment of a nation-wide marine certification of fisheries products (MSC), looking inter alia at acceptability and market opportunities. This work on fisheries is a key element under the Blue Growth initiative because it aims to secure sustainable employment in the sector. It should therefore at the same time support assessments regarding options for growing fisheries in Cabo Verde, and for reorienting artisanal fishers to other fishing types, sites, resources or equipment ensuring that growth and any fishing reorientation remain ecologically and economically sustainable and in line with biodiversity priorities.
Maritime sector strategies and investments aligned with Integrated Marine Spatial Plan. Indicator: operationalized mandatory sector standards and process that safeguard biodiversity.
Direct adverse impacts on marine biodiversity from key maritime sectors are prevented or reduced in at least the national coastal zone of 1,000,000 ha
Initial Invasive Alien Species prevention and management framework in placed
Financing (in USD)
Time-frame: January 2019 - December 2022
Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (government), National Directorate os Environment (governmet),General Directorate for Tourism (government), National Directorate for Marine Resources (government), UNDP (United Nations System), FAO (United Nations System), Island Delegations for Agriculture and Environment (government), GC / COSMAR - Coast Guard and its Operational Centre for Maritime Security (Government), The Maritime and Port Agency (government), MAVA Foundation (Philanthropic organization), National Institute for Fisheries Development (Government), Municipalities on the targeted islands (local governments), University of Cabo Verde (academia), NGOs, national and regional associations and local community groups.
Alexandre Rodrigues, National Director, Alexandre.M.Rodrigues@maa.gov.cv, 002383337171
Praia, Cabo Verde Repoblic