Coastal ecosystem monitoring Cabo Verde
Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring in Cabo Verde - developing a blueprint for Large Ocean States
The management of marine natural resources in small island states - large ocean countries often poses certain challenges due to the extent of marine environment to be covered and the according logistics and infrastructure. Likewise, significant efforts are required to let policy makers and often remote communities fully participate in decision making processes. Data on the extent and dynamics of the natural resources as well as the notion of drivers of change are needed to understand ways to improve their state and utilization, to maintain and preserve vulnerable parts of the ecosystem and provide means for the local communities to improve their livelihoods.
Background and Objective
The project aims to foster knowledge-based sustainable development of the coastal zone and the marine environment of Cabo Verde. Through an intense co-design process local stakeholders and international experts will define requirements for such a monitoring program (capacity building). This will be validated through a dedicated pilot field survey that includes state-of-the-art technologies such as ship-, glider- and drone-based measurements and community-based observations including low-cost technologies (in combination with cellphones). Therefore, CEM_CV also puts emphasis on communicating obtained scientific results in an appropriate language back to the local stakeholders and up to the policymaker level, who were involved in the project co-design from the beginning on. Through this approach CEM_CV aims to set the cornerstone for a coastal ecosystem monitoring program that can be operated by local investigators and technicians on their own and thus contributes to capacity building at the individual and local level. It is envisaged to expand to other regions in Cabo Verde and beyond in a sustained way.
Science, policy makers and the public
Measure1 - Co-design of study
Measure 2 – Pilot study
Measure 3 – Analysis of utilization pattern and stakeholder groups and marine spatial planning
Measure 4 – Development of communitation platform and data exchange between stakeholder groups
Measure 5 - Training workshops for stakeholder groups, capacity development
Measure 6 - Development of a long-term perspective for coastal development
Our Research Questions
- How can a blueprint for a science-based coastal ecosystem monitoring program be developed that suits the needs of local stakeholders and provides policymaker with valuable input for decision-making processes?
- How can an active co-design approach involving relevant stakeholders and policymakers be implemented right from the beginning
- How can capacity development be improved and sustained at stakeholder level, and how can university programmes and furthering institutional capacities be utilized ?
Involved external Thünen-Partners
- GEOMAR - Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
- Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
11.2019 - 8.2022