Cape Verde partners visit Madeira Island

Within the framework of MAVA’s support in Cabo Verde, Biosfera’s staff, Marine Protected Area managers, and other local authorities recently visited the archipelago of Madeira, which is part of Macaronesia as is Cabo Verde, the Azores and the Canary Islands. The similarities between the desert islands of S. Luzia, Raso and Branco in Cabo Verde, and the Desertas islands in Madeira are outstanding, not only bio-geographically but also in what concerns the control of invasive species, surveillance and the management of tourism.

This initiative was funded by MAVA through the project “Sustainable management of Santa Luzia Marine Protected Area”, coordinated by SPEA, the Portuguese BirdLife partner. To promote capacity building, and share experiences and challenges on the management of Marine Protected Areas is a crucial part of MAVA’s strategic plans.

This initiative was only possible thanks to the local host in Madeira, Instituto das Florestas e Conservação da Natureza (IFCN) willing to share its 40 years of experience on MPA management.

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