Salinas of the English Port

Salinas of the English Port

  • Country: 
    Cabo Verde
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  • Area: 
    535 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    15°09'N 23°13'W
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Salinas of the English Port (Salinas de Porto Inglês). 03/07/13; Maio; 535 ha; 15°09’16”N 023°13’33”W. Protected Landscape. Salt flats with a lagoon basin, sand dunes, rocky semi-desert areas and wooded areas (principally acacia trees). The site hosts important number of characteristic sand dune and semi-desert species, including the Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes, Black Crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix nigriceps, Bar-tailed Desert Lark Ammomanes cinturus, and wetland species such as the Sanderling Calidris alba and the Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica, all very important in maintaining the biological diversity of the Macaronesia ecoregion. It supports 10 to 13% of the global population of the Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor as well as the endangered Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta. The site supports the largest population of the Cape Verdean Kentish Plover in the Atlantic Ocean, 150-300 individuals, representing 50% of the Cape Verdean population. Current land use includes salt extraction, livestock grazing and small-scale recreation/tourism. Tourism is gradually developing with the on-going construction of the Salinas beach resort. There is a need for regulatory actions to prevent over-construction of touristic structures in the Ramsar Site. Ramsar site no. 2182. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Protected Landscape - Salinas de Porto Inglês
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