Sandwatch to Begin on Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde Islands
October 22-25th, 2014: The Cape Verde’s Nation Commission for UNESCO is launching Sandwatch on the island of Boa Vista with the assistance of the local high school, primary schools and three environmental NGO’s this month. The Cape Verde islands are one of the largest marine turtle nesting areas in the Atlantic and Sandwatch ties in perfectly with our desire to protect our local beaches.
The Sandwatch training session will be held on Boa Vista, October 22-25th for teachers, students, Ministry of the Environment officers, NGO members and others.
The trainer is Professor Carlos Inacio from the Institute of Education and the project is being supported by the Riu Karamboa Resort Hotel (http://www.riu.com/en/Paises/cape-verde/boa-vista/clubhotel-riu-karamboa/) and the islands Office for Tourism Development, the Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Turístico das Ilhas de Boa Vista e Maio (SDTBM). This partnership between the Ministry of Education, local govt, NGO’s and the private sector should guarantee a good implementation of Sandwatch on Boa Vista.
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Boa Vista (Portuguese meaning “good view”) is the easternmost island of Cape Verde. It is located in the Barlavento group of the archipelago. The island is known for marine turtles and traditional music, as well as its ultramarathon and its sand dunes and beaches. The island also constitutes the municipality of Boa Vista, which has two parishes, Santa Isabel and São João Baptista. With an area of 620 km², it is the third largest island, after Santo Antão and Santiago. It is 455 km west of the coast of Africa. Much of the island is flat. The highest point on the island is Monte Estância, elevation 387 meters; other mountains include Santo António (Saint Anthony) and Monte Negro (Black Mountain). Other features include Campo da Serra. Its main town is Sal Rei, its ferry port and home to Boa Vista's airport (Rabil Airport)on the northwest side of the island.