- The Strategic Sustainable Development Plan (PEDS): the vehicle for implementing the SDGs in Cabo Verde
Ensuring alignment with the SDGs and with universal principles of human rights, the Strategic Sustainable Development Plan (PEDS 2017-2021) constitutes the main vehicle for Cabo Verde to fulfill the sustainable development agenda. As such, the collaboration of cooperation agencies and local and international partners is vital for the financing thereof.
- Investments in good governance, gender equality and human rights, reproductive health and the development of human capital have been key for Cabo Verde’s development achievement.
Cabo Verde graduated to the status of Middle Income Country in 2007, thanks to its investments in sexual and reproductive health and a particular emphasis on maternal-child health, a key factor in the demographic transition, combined with investments in good governance and in the development of human capital, in education, health and volunteer work, which enhanced participation and citizenship.
- As a SIDS, a MICS and a highly indebted and vulnerable country, Cabo Verde requires alternative, non-traditional mechanisms and indicators for accessing development financing.
In line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Cabo Verde urges the international community to collaborate with small island developing states and middle income countries in accessing financing, using new mechanisms and partnerships that encourage greater public and private financial participation in these economies and the use of methodologies and indicators that go beyond economic growth.
- Localization of SDGs and focus on the most vulnerable groups as a key integrated strategy in order to ensure that No One is Left Behind
Localization of development management instruments and on state reform to reduce the inequalities and regional asymmetries, with greater efforts in terms of financing to increase the value of local economies, focus on people and highly vulnerable groups and promote alignment with the SDGs. Decentralization, as a best practice of integrated policy that contributes toward ensuring that no one is left behind and achieving the SDGs on a local level. Municipal Strategic Sustainable Development Plans (PEMDS), are an example of participation within the framework of local multi-stakeholder platforms and promotion of the SDGs.
- Achieving universal and sustainable access to energy, water and sanitation is crucial to sustainable development and to leaving no one behind, and requires considerable support from existing partners
Equitable, universal and sustainable access to energy, water and sanitation is among the greatest challenges for the country, and is crucial for the building of its economic, social and environmental resilience, requiring technical and financial partnerships to the development of renewable energies, with impact in the reduction of tariffs and water losses, and improvement of access to water and sanitation
- Investment in the blue economy is an example of integrated policy for Cabo Verde’s sustainable development
Valorization of the blue economy as an important vector in Cabo Verde´s dynamic integration into the world economic system, contributing to security, sustainable development of marine resources, improving its tourism sector and shipping services. Investments in the blue economy contribute to inclusive economic growth and reduction of inequalities, optimizing conditions for the construction of economic, social and environmental resilience as a best practice of integrated policy for achieving the SDGs.
- Commitment to the enhancement of the national statistical system and development of global governance indicators
Cabo Verde’s international leadership of the Praia City Group is a sign of its strong commitment to support the implementation of the SDGs at the global level and to the strengthening of its own statistical system as a necessary condition for operationalizing the principle of “Leaving No One Behind” and for being able to measure the country’s progress toward the SDGs. This requires support from the international community to carry out the priorities of the National Statistical Development Strategy for the 2017-2021 period.
- Cabo Verde’s dynamic insertion in the world economic system
Making Cabo Verde a relevant country in the middle Atlantic in economic, security and diplomatic terms and the promotion of freedom and democracy is the main orientation of its development process, which also values the various generations of the Cabo Verdean diaspora community, namely its contribution to development financing and promotion of the country’s image.
1. Renewable Energy Targets and objectives Reduce the importation of fuels for the production of electric energy in 30% until 2020 Reduce emission of gases with greenhouse effect in 35% until 2020 Guarantee the penetration rate of electric vehicles in 2% until 2030 Pursue the goal of a 0% emitter country until 2030 2. Energy Efficiency Target and objectives Achieve target of 30% of energy efficiency through the promotion and the use of new technology so as to achieve greater efficiency both in the production as well as in the transportation, distribution and consumption
This commitment will ensure that biodiversity and environmental sustainability considerations are mainstreamed within the sector development visions and plans outlined in the Blue Growth Strategy. The latter include most notably aquaculture; artisanal, industrial and sports fisheries; energy generation; port construction and related industrial developments; and maritime traffic. In the process the necessary mandatory standards and processes will be established for operationalization of these sector plans. The government and its partners will work to set up and operationalize a GIS-based Inte...[more]
Santa Luzia-Raso-Branco Natural Reserve / MPA will be fully operationalized as an extension of the systemic work taking place on blue growth mainstreaming, integrated marine spatial planning and enhanced management of marine resources. This will entail final delimitation and gazettement, and on-site demarcation of boundaries, and an update and approval of PA management and business plans. The operationalization of a management plan will be complemented with work on the management of artisanal fisheries focusing on the communities using Santa Luzia from So Vicente, So Nicolau and Santo Anto. ...[more]
A System of Protected Areas, where none existed before, is in development in a close partnership with the government and the UNDP to have long-term solutions to conserve the biodiversity of Cape Verde. Source: Government of Cape Verde, UNDP Cape Verde Cape Verde has a characteristical biodiversity of flora and fauna and is one of the top centers of endemism at the global level (ranked 11th) and the second largest nesting area in the north Atlantic for the loggerhead turtle. Furthermore it is an important host of breeding and feeding sites for humpback whales. Environmental degradation in C...[more]
The intense oil tanker traffic is a subject of great concern to the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde owing to the high risk of accidental marine pollution to which the country is exposed. It is estimated that three tankers transit along the coast of the archipelago every day, either in ballast or loaded with up to 300,000 tonnes of crude oil, on their way from the South Atlantic and heading for Europe or America. Marine oil pollution can have very serious economic, ecological and social impacts, which could have disastrous effects on the fragile and vulnerable natural resources along ...[more]
Increase and expand the existing long-term sustainability impacts and cater the existing sustainable development in general through education. Source: Government of Cape Verde Cape Verde is planning a special education program in both academicals and training. These will permit to train future capverdean Craftsmen and Experts to cover the country needs in the renewable energy sector. The purpose is, on one hand, to establish a nation-wide training centre to train local qualified labour in operation and maintenance of energy technologies and so create in the mid-term sufficient human resource...[more]
Comprehensive training programme within National Directorate of Environment (DNA) for enhancing institutional and staff capacity for the new marine PA management unit, enforcement and financing will be effectively operationalized. Similar trainings will be extended also to relevant officers on island Ministry delegations and local conservation NGOs working in the Santa Luzia MPA. A PA System Financing Strategy and Plan will be drafted and implemented. This will entail the implementation of traditional PA finance elements but also more advanced innovative elements, and involve an identificatio...[more]
From a perspective of sustainable growth and development, Cape Verde intends to diversify its revenue sources as it has been recommended by the IMF. Source: Government of Cape Verde With tourism, fishing activities and remittances from of the Diaspora, the program "100% renewable energy" could be an important source of income because of its structural effects on the rest of the economy. Indeed this program will among other things allow business development and employment among others with the promotion of SMEs, lower energy costs, improvement of the environment through better management of n...[more]
Government of Cape Verde has the ambitious plan that aims to achieve the 100% penetration of renewable energies in Cape Verde by 2020. Source: Government of Cape Verde In the years 2010 and 2011, the Cape Verde Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Energy conducted a study that included an assessment of the renewable energy potentials existing on the different islands. The results of that study were compiled in the publication Cape Verde 50% Renewable: A Roadmap to 2020, listing a number of potentials for a wide range of renewable energies and other issues related to sustainable energy supply, i...[more]
Cabo Verde, Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius, São Tomé & Príncipe and Seychelles may seem like they have little in common, but as small islands, they face very similar challenges. The countries − located in the Atlantic and Indian oceans − all share problems relating to the scarcity and contamination of freshwater supplies; lack of solid waste management facilities, over-exploitation and poor management of groundwater resources; increasing pressure on agricultural production; and disappearing biodiversity. Therefore, the Global Environment Facility has funded a full-sized project to st...[more]
IRENA has developed the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to support the strategic deployment of renewable energy in SIDS, to bring clarity to policy makers regarding the required steps, and to enable targeted action. As a joint effort of SIDS and development partners, this framework for action will assist in transforming SIDS energy systems through the establishment of the enabling conditions for a renewable energy-based future, by moving away from developing projects in isolation to a holistic approach that considers all relevant elements spanning from policy and market frameworks, through technol...[more]
Cabo Verde has set ambitious targets to mainstream tourism and conservation of its marine and coastal biodiversity. The achievement of these targets relies on long term competitiveness, which for a significant proportion of the tourism on offer depends on good environmental quality standards and the effective conservation of the countrys landscape and marine biodiversity assets. This commitment will support mainstreaming biodiversity considerations into the tourism sector, while strengthening the conservation of Cabo Verdes important marine biodiversity by operationalizing a critical new sub...[more]
Sustainable tourism is one of the founding axes of the Cape Verde Tourism Master Plan. Source: Government of Cape Verde Cape Verde wishes to be a sustainable tourism destination, which ensures the satisfaction of the needs of both local communities and tourists and respect for natural and cultural values. Cape Verde is a ten islands country in the Atlantic Ocean with over 1,000 km of coastline. With still a large portion of the country with breathtaking virgin landscapes and unspoilt culture and, with a strong and mounting mass tourism pressure and skyrocketing coastal land speculation, the co...[more]