Cape Verde’s seabird colonies are unique and remain globally important despite historic decline. Several seabird species are at risk from human disturbance, and poaching, together with introduced predator species (cats, rats), is often the main threat.

Delivering conservation in close cooperation with local NGO and governmental agencies is critical.

We aim to eradicate introduced predator species and stop egg and bird poaching in priority breeding sites by:

  • improving the scientific knowledge base on mortality, breeding and migration
  • strengthening public engagement and support for Cape Verde’s natural heritage
  • delivering effective MPA management, including fundraising, surveillance and protection
  • improving the legal framework for protection
  • implementing conservation plans for key species
Raso Islands, Cabo Verde (c) Hellio Van Ingen


Our focus is on priority islands and islets: Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, Branco, Raso and São Nicolau in the north, and Fogo, Brava and Rombo in the south.


  • BirdLife International
  • Ministerio da Agricultura e Ambiente
  • Projecto Vito Ilha de Fogo
  • SPEA
  • University of Barcelona
  • University of Cabo Verde

Focus on one of our partners

At the heart of all our work are passionate people dedicated to delivering effective and lasting conservation. These inspirational partners are our greatest asset.

Tommy Melo

Tommy Melo

We used an English tradition to win over fishermen: afternoon tea! They’re not bad people but they didn’t understand. So we invited them to tea on the beach at the end of every day.

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated €630,000 annually to this Action Plan.



Additional co-funding is needed to ensure our partners’ work continues when our grant-making ends in 2022.


Marie Madeleine Gomez

Manager, West Africa

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