This project, funded by the TUI Care Foundation, aims to improve the management of water, energy and waste disposal by hotels, self-catering accommodation, bars and restaurants on the islands of Sal and Boa Vista.
Why? The dry, sunny climate that makes Cape Verde so popular with tourists also makes it particularly sensitive to the pressures of tourism. The islands of Sal and Boa Vista have very little rainfall, a lack of recycling facilities and limited landfill capacity. Our research highlighted that hotels create 42% of the total volume of waste sent to landfill and that strong winds can cause waste to be blown across the island, littering the landscape and ocean. Tourists also use five times more water than locals and all water must be desalinated, which is an energy intensive process.
Our approach: We will be working with a range of stakeholders and local authorities to drive change at a national level and ensure a greater understanding of the importance of conserving natural resources within the tourism sector.