Mindelo, seventh stopover of Plastic Odyssey
After two days of sailing from Dakar and a brief stopover only on land in Guinea, the crew sees the first island of Cape Verde emerge on the horizon: Boa Vista. After one more day of sailing to explore the archipelago, the vessel docked at Mindelo, at the port of Sao Vicente. This stopover is an opportunity for Plastic Odyssey to explore a new field of work and research: the plastic pollution issues facing island areas.
Cape Verde has around 500,000 inhabitants spread over 10 islands. The distance between each of them, the resources they have, and the dynamics of local policies create significant complexity for the management of waste. However, each island faces similar issues: importing more than 90% of goods, lack of raw materials (such as sand, wood, and water), coastal erosion, and numerous ongoing or upcoming construction projects due to the increasing tourism. Meanwhile, the Cape Verdeans have a strong desire to protect their natural spaces, both marine and terrestrial.