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CABO VERDE

Fighting plastic pollution on all fronts

Our presence in Cabo Verde can be summarized in two main points:

- Collecting and recycling of plastics

- Education of youngsters and preservation of the island biodiversity

Despite its geographical isolation, Cabo Verde is suffering from a constant pollution made of plastic debris carried by the oceanic current. They accumulate mostly on the eastern shores of the archipelago. Those debris are a permanent threat to the marine fauna and the biodiversity of the islands.

Marine debris are not only a permanent threat to turtles, lighter ones are being spread over the inner ground by the trade winds, contaminate the environment and affect the bio-diversity. Since 2015, Calao has been collecting more than 16 tons of debris on Sal islands western beaches with the support of volunteers and the Municipality (transport). As no dialog has been yet possible with the fishing industry, our mission needs to be maintained until sustainable fishing practices are being imposed internationally.

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CALAO ACTION AGAINST MARINE POLLUTION IN SAL (Cabo Verde)
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Our cleaning actions have led us to look for a sustainable methodology to recycle marine debris (which so far are being discarded into a landfill like all solid wastes in the island). We have decided to support the building of a recycling unit in Sal, using plastics generated by the tourism industry (mainly from hotels and restaurants, using PET and HDPE, which are easier to recycle). Thanks to the support of the Luxembourg Ministry of Environment and the our local partner CODE CV, we have produced our objects with a very simple and cost-effective set-up.

Calao is the leading financial partner of Biosfera to build a new recyling unit on the island of Sao Vincente in 2022.

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Alongside our environmental operations, we have launched an ambitious program in the local schools of Sal and Santo Antao islands. With the support of the Sal and Porto Novo Municipalities, of our long-term partner Oceanario de Lisboa (Portugal) and our partners CODE CV and Biosfera, we have trained local teachers on new classes dedicated on recycling, plastic pollution and its impact on biodiversity. They have started to implement those classes to children in public schools.

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