NGANDU

The importance of shark populations and sustainable ocean use for human well-being in Cape Verde and São Tomé and PrIncipe, West Africa
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Objectives

​The goal of this 3-year research project is to analyse, for the first time, within a comprehensive and integrated approach, how shark populations in two African archipelagic countries (Cape Verde and the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Principe) are being affected by human pressure, and their importance as key-stone species for local communities’ well-being and subsistence.
​In this context, four main ​research questions ​(Q) arise, corresponding to the four specific objectives of the project:
Q1
What is the state of shark populations in Cape Verde and São Tomé and Principe?
Q2
What are the main human pressures (present and future) that affect shark populations in both countries?
Q3
What is the importance of shark populations and fisheries for the well-being and subsistence of human communities in both countries?​
Q4
What specific management and governance instruments can be developed locally to promote sustainable ocean use and conservation?
Answering these questions is of paramount importance, having a meaningful impact in consolidating research capacity in the two African countries (both in natural and social sciences)
It will also foster well-being of local communities by developing new pathways, and raising awareness, on how to sustainably use and manage key ocean resources.
This research will be undertaken by a strong, multidisciplinary team of natural and social scientists, according to the work plan below.

NEWS

Recently published paper

Evidence for the first multi-species shark nursery area in Atlantic Africa (Boa Vista Island, Cabo Verde)

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Team

Aida Almeida
DIR. PESCAS, STP
Ana Nuno
UNIV. EX, UK / FUND. PRIC. - NGO
Antonieta Cunha e Sá
NOVA-SBE
Bastien Loloum
OIKOS - NGO
Carina Silva
NOVA-SBE
Catarina Frazão Santos
CUL | NOVA SBE (CO-PI)
Catarina Pereira Santos​
FCUL
Emanuel Nunes
FCUL | DIR. GERAL RECURSOS MARINHOS CV
Estrela Matilde
FUND. PRINCIPE - NGO
Hugulay Maia
UNIV STP
Marisa Vedor
CIBIO, UP
Martina Panisi
FCUL
Miguel Baptista
FCUL
Nuno Queiroz
CIBIO, UP
Renato Rosa
NOVA-SBE
Rui Freitas
UNIV. CV
Rui Rosa
FCUL (PI)
Vasco Pissarra
FCUL
Sara García-Morales
FCUL
Sérgio Floeter
UNIV FSC, BZ
Tiago Repolho
FCUL
Joana Castro
FCUL | AIMM - NGO
José Ricardo Paula
FCUL
Lourenço Jesus
DIR. GERAL AMBIENTE, STP
Manuel Rio
MARAPA - NGO

PROPONENT

FCUL
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Partners

UNIV CV

| Universidade de Cabo Verde, Cabo Verde

UNIV STM

| Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe, São Tomé e Princípe

UNIV FSC

| Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

UNIV EX

| University of Exeter, United Kingdom

CIBIO, UP

| CIBIO, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

UNL SBE

| Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal

DIR G RECURSOS MARINHOS

| Direção Geral dos Recursos Marinhos, Cabo Verde

DIR PESCAS

| Direcção Geral das Pescas, São Tomé e Príncipe

DIR GERAL AMBIENTE

| Direcção Geral do Ambiente, São Tomé e Príncipe

OIKOS

| OIKOS, NGO, São Tomé e Príncipe

FUND PRINCIPE

| Fundação Príncipe, NGO, São Tomé e Príncipe

MARAPA

| Marapa, NGO, São Tomé e Príncipe

AIMM

| Marine Environment Research Association, NGO, Portugal

BIOSCV

| BIOS.CV, NGO, Cabo Verde

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