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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.
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
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
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
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
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
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
December 2022
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)
December 2022
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)
6,652,489 USD
Basic information
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
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Alexandre Rodrigues, National Director, Alexandre.M.Rodrigues@maa.gov.cv, 002383337171
Praia, Cabo Verde
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