Boavista, on the verge of change

The (marine) ecosystems of the Cape Verde Islands, an archipelago of 10 islands located in the central Atlantic Ocean, 570 kilometers off the coast of Western Africa, carry a high bio diversity. Darwin visited the Cape Verde Islands in 1832. He didn’t dive. Otherwise the stunning marine diversity of these islands would have triggered his theory of evolution.

The archipelago of Cape Verde is improving its positioning as a tourist destination. According to the latest official statistics, tourist arrivals continue growing at a rate of 22 percent and it is projected that Cape Verde will reach the benchmark of 1 million tourists annually by 2015. 

cabo verde marine

Continuing dynamic development of the tourism sector raises questions about sustainability and the effects on the unique (underwater)nature. These questions triggered our urge to produce a documentary on the island of Boavista, the third largest in the Cape Verde archipelago. 

The documentary premiered at the international North Sea Film Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands, watch the trailer here! Or here, on Vimeo. We are now looking forward to present the film on Boavista and we are investigating the possibilities, suggestions welcome!

Apart from documenting the changes on Boavista, the film is the basis of a seminar-training on sustainable tourism, check the site of the boavistaexperience for a headstart. You might want to link with a very active Facebook page too.

More info here on the documentary.


©  december 2012