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Comprehensive and sustainable community-based sea turtle conservation programme on Maio Island, Cabo Verde
by Fundação Maio Biodiversidade (FMB) (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
This action provides a comprehensive, sustainable and community-supported turtle conservation programme for Maio Island that will have a long-lasting impact: the future eradication of local illegal harvesting of eggs and adults and the minimization of the natural and anthropogenic disturbances on sea turtle habitats. The project builds on five years of successful community-based sea turtle conservation strategy supported by the Cape Verdean government and other international, national and local stakeholders. The ultimate goal of the program is to deliver ownership of sea turtle conservation to local communities and responsibilities to local groups and residents.

The action will engage with each of the main human and natural threats to the species in Maio Island: poaching of nesting females and nests; fishing and by-catch of turtles; mortality of nests; habitat loss and disturbance from coastal development; nest damage and habitat loss from beach activities; disturbance from beach plastics; high rates of sea turtle meat consumption and trade.

FMB will continue working with a wide range of international, national and local partners and stakeholders throughout the project. International conservation and research partners such as Mava, USF&WS, FFI and QMUL will ensure that project delivery engages in international best practice. At a local level, we will foster stakeholder governance mechanisms for the project and beyond supporting the participatory management of Maios MPAs and coordinated enforcement and community development activities in the island. The award-winning community-based approach will greatly benefit from the training and incentives to local community member and groups provided through the project. We expect local stakeholders to champion sea turtles in Maios communities and progressively influence other communities, groups and new residents to fully engage in their conservation.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
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
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
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 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
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
April 2020
Nesting sea turtles inter-nesting grounds, population size and connectivity, beach fidelity and nest mortality determined for Maio Island
April 2020
20 homestay tourism and 10 eco-guide businesses created in 10 coastal communities around Maio
November 2017
More than 100 local people engaged as staff or volunteers in sea turtle beach monitoring and protection every nesting season
October 2019
60 beach clean ups celebrated in 10 highly polluted beaches in the north and east of Maio
Other, please specify
Mava Fondation pour la Nature, within their Sea Turtle Action Plan for West Africa (www.en.mava-foundation.org/our-programmes/coastal-west-africa/), will provide core funding to deliver this commitment through the project: Consolidating a comprehensive,
Staff / Technical expertise
Queen Mary University of London through the Eizaguirre Lab will provide technical assistance in designing and implementing several scientific studies on the loggerhead sea turtle nesting population, including the training of local staff, procurement of eq
Staff / Technical expertise
The National Directorate for the Environment (DNA), together with the Delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment in Maio, will provide technical and legal assistance, monitoring and evaluating progress, facilitate authorizations and collabo
Other, please specify
US Fish and Wildlife Service, within their Marine Turtle Conservation Fund (www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/marine-turtle-conservation-fund.html), will provide funding to deliver this commitment through the project: Community-based sea
Basic information
Time-frame: May 2017 - April 2020
GOVERNMENT: Ministry of Agriculture and Environment in Maio (MAA-Maio), National Directorate for the Environment (DNA); US Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS - USA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA - USA); Maritime and Ports Agency (AMP); National Directorate of Marine Economy (DNEM); Municipality of Maio (CMM); Ministry of Education in Maio (ME-Maio); National Police (PN); Agency for Business Development and Entrepreneurship (ADEI); Regional Commission of Partners (CRP). NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: Fundao Maio Biodiversidade (FMB); Mava Fonadation pour la Nature (MAVA - Switzerland); Fauna and Flora International (FFI - UK); TAOLA (Cape Verdean Sea Turtle Protection Network); Turtle Foundation (TF); BiosCV; Projecto Biodiversidade (PB); Associao Caboverdiana de Ecoturismo (ECOCV). CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS: Associations of Fisheries Actors Vindos do Norte (AAPVN) and Vindos do Sul (AAPVS); Association of Fishermen of Maio (PescaMaio); Grupo Migim, Jovens sem Fronteiras, Associao Comunitria para o Desenvolvimento do Morrinho, Club Santa Clara, Club Real Martimo, Batucadeiras Raiz do Monte Penoso, Batucadeiras Nova Imagem, Club Mira Mar, Grupo Palmeira, Grupo Maln, Centro da Cruz Vermelha do Maio, among others. ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS: Queen Mary University of London (QMUL - UK); Universidade de Cabo Verde (UniCV); University of Bath (UniBath - UK). SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY: Cape-Verdean Zoological Society (SCVZ). PRIVATE SECTOR: Society for the Tourism Development of Boavista and Maio (SDTIBM).
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Adilson Leno dos Passos, Mr, info@fmb-maio.org, +238 355 62 42
Cidade do Porto Ingls / Ilha do Maio, Republic of Cabo Verde
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