The Annotated Ramsar List: Cape Verde


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The Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance


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The Convention on Wetlands came into force for Cape Verde on 18 November 2005. Cape Verde presently has 4 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a total surface area not yet confirmed.

site; date of designation; region, province, state; surface area; coordinates
site; date de désignation; région, province, état; superficie; coordonnées
sitios; fecha de designación; región, provincia, estado; área; coordenadas

Curral Velho. 18/07/05; Ramsar site no. 1575. Most recent RIS information: none.

Lagoa de Pedra Badejo. 18/07/05; Ramsar site no. 1577. Most recent RIS information: none.

Lagoa de Rabil. 18/07/05; Ramsar site no. 1576. Most recent RIS information: none.

Salinas of the English Port (Salinas de Porto Inglês). 03/07/13; Maio; 535 ha; 15°09’16”N 023°13’33”W. Protected Landscape. Salt flats with a lagoon basin, sand dunes, rocky semi-desert areas and wooded areas (principally acacia trees). The site hosts important number of characteristic sand dune and semi-desert species, including the Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes, Black Crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix nigriceps, Bar-tailed Desert Lark Ammomanes cinturus, and wetland species such as the Sanderling Calidris alba and the Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica, all very important in maintaining the biological diversity of the Macaronesia ecoregion. It supports 10 to 13% of the global population of the Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor as well as the endangered Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta. The site supports the largest population of the Cape Verdean Kentish Plover in the Atlantic Ocean, 150-300 individuals, representing 50% of the Cape Verdean population. Current land use includes salt extraction, livestock grazing and small-scale recreation/tourism. Tourism is gradually developing with the on-going construction of the Salinas beach resort. There is a need for regulatory actions to prevent over-construction of touristic structures in the Ramsar Site. Ramsar site no. 2182. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

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