Conserve and restore marine biodiversity resources on Santa Luzia, Raso and Branco MPA
by National Directorate of Environment (Government)
Santa Luzia-Raso-Branco Natural Reserve / MPA will be fully operationalized as an extension of the systemic work taking place on blue growth mainstreaming, integrated marine spatial planning and enhanced management of marine resources. This will entail final delimitation and gazettement, and on-site demarcation of boundaries, and an update and approval of PA management and business plans.
The operationalization of a management plan will be complemented with work on the management of artisanal fisheries focusing on the communities using Santa Luzia from So Vicente, So Nicolau and Santo Anto. It will entail negotiating and entering sustainable fisheries co-management agreements that respect PA laws, and the introduction and promotion of biodiversity-friendly and sustainable fishing adopted (best practices and gear, designation of PA no-take zones and seasonal fishing bans, etc.).
A parallel pilot a scientific monitoring and in-situ surveillance tool new for Cabo Verde: the project will acquired and will test a small number of drones (1-3 to start) as a means for cost-effective fisheries and PA management of Santa Luzia, and in the case of success emplace this system and establish and train an initial small drones operations and maintenance team. Project managers will report back on community reactions, practicality, effectiveness, challenges, etc. to inform adaptive management, and if successful similar measures could be up-scaling to other areas in the archipelago exposed to illegal marine resource exploitation yet too remote for easy land based surveillance.
Improved local conservation status of marine resources and endemic and globally threatened species and key habitats, through full operationalization of the Santa Luzia/ Branco/ Raso Natural Reserve (45,462 marine ha and 4,065 terrestrial ha)
Reduction of adverse biodiversity impacts from artisanal fisheries across at least the 45,462 ha of MPA, through the adoption of biodiversity-friendly fishing practices and gear by at least 50% of fishermen in the surrounding fishing communities
Financing (in USD)
Time-frame: January 2019 - December 2022
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
Alexandre Rodrigues, National Director, Alexandre.M.Rodrigues@maa.gov.cv, 002383337171
Praia, Cabo Verde