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Clean Water
Deforestation and desertification are major environmental concerns in Cape Verde due to the arid landscape and exploitation of scarce natural resources.1 Natural disasters common in Cape Verde are droughts, floods, insect infestation, and volcanic eruptions.2 While 80–90 cubic meters of fresh underground water are available, the government is unable to access the water due to the high extraction costs.3 Cape Verde is also extremely vulnerable to long-term climate changes.4 The amount of rainfall is diminishing each year while the average yearly temperature is increasing.5 Agriculture and social services will suffer if the climate continues to rise.6Renewable energy is becoming more of an option to reduce strain on traditional methods.7

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Cabo Verde News

Vatican Radio 
"By Baptism, I have been called" is the motto of a series of conferences that the Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace (Pró-catedral Nossa Senhora da Graça) in the Diocese of Santiago de Cabo Verde has organised during the Lenten period. The six weeks of ... See more..
U.S. Africa Command (press release) 
13-24, 2017. Cabo Verde became the 15th and final country under the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commission to successfully complete training and participate in the West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative (WADPI) program. See more..
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) grew by 3.6% in 2016, more than doubling the rate of 1.5% recorded in 2015, according to provisional data released by the archipelago's government on Tuesday. Finance Minister Olavo ... See more..
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The number of hotel units in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) grew by 3.1% in 2016 to 223, according to the annual inventory conducted by the National Statistics Institute (INE) and published on Wednesday in Praia. The existing hotel unitsat the end of last ... See more..
Casino Royal, the first gaming venue in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) opened on Thursday on the island of Sal. The project is attached to the Hilton Hotel and cost 5 million euros, the Cape Verdean press reported. The casino had been operating on an ... See more..
Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) received over 644,000 tourists in 2016, a figure that represents an increase of 13.2% over that recorded a year earlier, according to the Tourism Statistics for the fourth quarter and for the whole of 2016 published by the ... See more..
The Bank of Cabo Verde (BCV) decided to suspend the business of Novo Banco and transfer customers' deposits and some loans to the Caixa Económica de Cabo Verde bank, announced the Cape Verdean central bank in a statement issued on Wednesday ... See more..
Daily Star 
"No stress” is the mantra of Cape Verde but my first experience of this collection of 10 islands and islets 570km off the west coast of Africa is more exhilaration than relaxation. With a population of about half a million, the Republic of Cabo Verde ... See more..
O Governo de Cabo Verde e a Organização das Nações Unidas assinaram um plano anual de trabalho, que prevê desembolsos ao país de 16,6 milhões d... See more..
Of the nine inhabited islands that make up the West African archipelago of Cabo Verde, the island of Sal is one of the driest. The country receives less than 9 inches of rain on average each year and has one of the highest prices of water for ... See more..
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Western Africa, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal

Total 4,033 sq km
Land 4,033 sq km
Water 0 sq km


temperate; warm, dry summer; precipitation meager and erratic ;
Natural Resources

salt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, fish, clay, gypsum ;
Natural Hazards

prolonged droughts; seasonal harmattan wind produces obscuring dust; volcanically and seismically active

volcanism: Fogo (elev. 2,829 m), which last erupted in 1995, is Cape Verde's only active volcano Fogo (elev. 2,829 m), which last erupted in 1995, is Cape Verde's only active volcano ;
Current Environmental Issues

soil erosion; deforestation due to demand for wood used as fuel; water shortages; desertification; environmental damage has threatened several species of birds and reptiles; illegal beach sand extraction; overfishing ;


Cape Verdean
531,046 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups


The economy is service-oriented with commerce, transport, tourism, and public services accounting for about three-fourths of GDP. This island economy suffers from a poor natural resource base, including serious water shortages exacerbated by cycles of long-term drought and poor soil for agriculture on several of the islands. Although about 40% of the population lives in rural areas, the share of food production in GDP is low. About 82% of food must be imported. The fishing potential, mostly lobster and tuna, is not fully exploited. Cape Verde annually runs a high trade deficit financed by foreign aid and remittances from its ...See More large pool of emigrants; remittances supplement GDP by more than 20%. Despite the lack of resources, sound economic management has produced steadily improving incomes. Continued economic reforms are aimed at developing the private sector and attracting foreign investment to diversify the economy and mitigate high unemployment. Future prospects depend heavily on the maintenance of aid flows, the encouragement of tourism, remittances, and the momentum of the government's development program. Cape Verde became a member of the WTO in July 2008. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$2.214 billion (2012 est.); $2.123 billion (2011 est.); $2.02 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

23.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 21.4% of GDP (2011 est.); 25% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, coffee, peanuts; fish

food and beverages, fish processing, shoes and garments, salt mining, ship repair