Cape Verde

Situated west of Senegal, Cape Verde is a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. The climate is temperate with warm dry summers. The precipitation is meager and erratic. The terrain is volcanic with one active Volcano (Fogo) which last erupted in 1995. Cape Verde is rich in salt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, fish, clay and gypsum.

Key Facts

Total surface area: 4 033 km2

Estimated population: 523 500 (2011)

Average precipitation: 228 mm/yr (2009)

Total actual renewable water resources per capita: 610 m3/cap/yr (2009)

Freshwater withdrawal as of total: 39 m3/cap/yr (2000)

Key Water Issues and Challenges

Prolonged droughts

Seasonal harmattan wind produces obscuring dust

Water shortages, overfishing

Soil erosion, deforestation, esertification

Contacts CWP Cape Verde
Président (Chair) : Mr. Mario Moniz

Tel (Mobile) : +238 991 6910

Tel (Bur) : +238 261 7843

Fax : +238 261 7845

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Secrétaire Exécutif (Executive Secretary) : None

Tel : +238 264 8419 (Bur)

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