Fogo Island

December 2000

Conservation benefit: Protection and restoration of endemic plants

Community benefit: Construction of a water tank and nursery

The arid islands of the Cape Verde archipelago are located about 300 miles from Senegal off the west coast of Africa. Rainfall is erratic, and there are long periods without any precipitation. Fogo is the fourth largest island in the archipelago, with an 8,500-foot volcano at its center. The volcano, which last erupted in 1995, and the surrounding plateau are to become Cape Verde’s first national park on an inhabited island. Over-utilization of the slopes of the crater has led to the destruction of many endemic plant species as well as accompanying erosion.

Seacology has assisted the local community development association, Associacão de Promocão do Desenvolvimento Comunitário de Cabeça Fundão, in their efforts to rehabilitate degraded areas on the slopes by building a water tank and a nursery for endemic plants.

Project Updates
July 2004
Fogo Island National Park was officially declared in February 2003. The Seacology -funded water tank and nurseries have been integrated into the park's restoration activities. Three to five...
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