25 participants collected approximately 700kg of rubbish over 3.5 hours, including fishing nets, plastic boxes, wood and glass – enough to fill three pick-up trucks.
Members of the Sal Destination Council kindly supported the beach clean:
- APP (water and electricity company) donated 100 rubbish bags
- Hotel Oasis Salinas Sea donated 25 litres of drinking water and rubbish bags
- RIU Hotel donated 30 bottles of juice, rubbish bags and cups
- Guiantur, the Association of Tourist Guides, gave use of their pick-up truck
- City Hall of Sal donated rubbish bags
The event was also supported by the Protected Areas Project, which provided a pick-up truck and driver, and School Kim Barbosa, which provided catering equipment. A traditional Cape Verdean hearty stew called cachupa was made by a lady called Felipa for the beach clean team.
The Travel Foundation’s National Programme Manager for Cape Verde, Débora Abu-Raya said, “Despite the amount of rubbish we collected from Serra Negra, we still have a long way to go before the beach is clear of plastic. As our Better Beaches project progresses, we’re hoping to encourage more local residents and visitors to come to beach cleans and take better care of the beach environment. I’m sure we will get there!”
By Isabel Kearney, Destinations Programme Officer