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 reduce illegal harvesting of eggs and adults in priority breeding colonies, stop light pollution from impacting breeding colonies and free priority areas from introduced predators, with:

  • Research and capacity building
  • Conservation plans
  • Effective management of Marine Protected Areas
  • Public support and engagement
  • Adapted legal framework
  • Restoration/mitigation measures
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.

Budget 2020-2022

The total budget for 2020-2022 is EUR 1.5 million. Additional cofinancing is necessary to ensure partners’ activities continue after the end of our financing in 2022.


Marie Madeleine Gomez

Manager, West Africa

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