A founding cornerstone of our work is the development of conservation programmes that address critical environmental issues impacting the island's wildlife and surrounding ecosystems. Together with staff, volunteers, and supporting partners, we work to ensure that both people and nature can thrive for generations to come.
Sea Turtle Conservation
Seabirds are a critical part of Sal's unique ecosystems. In 2017, our team worked to complete an island-wide assessment of migratory bird populations on Sal. Learn about how we're working to develop new conservation measures to protect these species.
Beach dune ecosystems are a dynamic environment characterised by the area where sea and land collide, depositing the sediments transported by coastal currents and wind. They are also a critical ecosystem for the nesting Loggerhead Turtle.
Protection of Key Habitats
Environmental Outreach and Community Development
Safeguarding Sal’s biodiversity goes far beyond just protecting the species that inhabit its coasts. It also relies on the participation of the communities that depend on its resources as a source of food, water and livelihood. Here’s how we work together with local communities to build capacity for environmental stewardship:
Local communities are some of those most affected by the degradation of the ecosystems where they live and by the loss of biodiversity. This is why their engagement in the conservation and protection of habitats and wildlife is key for its success.
Future generations are our hope for a complete change of mentality. Teaching them about environmental issues, natural resources, recycling, wildlife and other issues will help them be ready to be the solution!
Environmental Outreach and Education
Cabo Verde has a distinct natural history, and much of the country's biodiversity is yet to be explored and discovered. In addition to the aesthetic, spiritual, educational and cultural value offered, the natural resources of these islands have the ability to provide unique economic opportunities for the people of Cabo Verde. Project Biodiversity is committed to designing conservation strategies that both preserve its unique ecosystems and encourage cultural and economic prosperity for Sal's community. Take a look:
As visitors, tourists themselves have an important part to play in the protection of natural resources. We support positive tourism impact by sharing sustainable guidelines to help reduce their impact.
Inpiring positive Tourism Impact
Battling Marine Debris
The north and east coast of Sal Island receive several tonnes of marine debris every year, mainly from the fishing industry and discarded plastic waste. Together with volunteers and local authorities, we collect thousands of kilograms of waste from the coastline of Sal.
Collaborating for Cleaner Coastlines
Tour guides, hotel staff and tour operators have direct contact with tourists. Improving their knowledge about the natural resources of Sal and about sustainable practices will, not only increase the quality of tourism, but also reduce its impact over the fragile ecosystem of Sal Island.