ABOUT BIOS

BIOS.CV is a newly established Cape Verdean Association (Official Gazette of February 1, 2013, Series II, paragraph 7). However, the experience with the knowledge of the biodiversity of the island of Boa Vista in your team members is unique. It begins with an overview of the problems that affect the environment and the conservation of Cape Verde from a local perspective, taking into account the idiosyncrasies of Cape Verde and focused on academic background, knowledge and growth and local development. Local training, environmental education through educational programs and training collaborations with foreign researchers and local teachers and promote conservation of ecosystems and species based communities.

Research and conservation activities of the Cape Verde loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) nesting population started on Boa Vista Island 15 years ago. Nowadays, Cape Verde is regarded as the third world largest loggerhead turtle rookery. The number of nests per season may fluctuate from year to year. On Boa Vista, the averaged number of nests has been estimated to be between 12 and 14 thousand. Occasionally, as in 2012, more than 20,000 nests have been reported. Cape Verde is the only stable loggerhead nesting ground in Eastern Atlantic. Major threats to this population come from illegal hunting of adult turtles, mostly nesting females, and the loss of habitat because of coastal tourist development.

For the last 14 years, BIOS.CV members have been dedicating large efforts in the study and conservation of marine turtles in Cape Verde, having been also involved in activities aiming at making competent authorities, native population and tourists aware of the importance of protecting these endangered species and their critical habitats. Furthermore, we have also encouraged sustainable development practices among locals.

We run a volunteering program in our international marine turtle field station ‘Fernando Soares’, on João Barrosa Beach (within the Tartaruga Natural Reserve, southeast Boa Vista). This volunteering program runs between June and October. Participants received specific training on marine turtles’ conservation and fieldwork activities, including: morphometric and tagging techniques, beach surveys (counting tracks and nests), nest monitoring, rescue of disoriented nesting turtles, relocation of doomed nests and hatchery management procedures. Although most of our volunteers are Cape Verde and Spanish students, the program is open to all nationalities and backgrounds. The main goal of our volunteering program is to help in the loggerhead turtle population monitoring activities, rescue nests and protect a stretch of 5 km of beaches from poaching activities.

BIOS ACTIVITY

  • CONSERVATION

    our goal is the conservation of whales, turtles and birds. Training and environmental education, sustainable development.

    INVESTIGAITON

    Our scientific research on the species Capoverde and our publications.

    VOLUNTEERING

    All the information you need to join us as a volunteer and participate in our activity.

    COLLABORATE

    Working with Bios and help us in our mission through donations and sponsors.

OUR PROJECT

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investigation34%
environmental education13%
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scientific publications5%
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