SCH@($)@_!!!! Wale in Kapverde

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Geschrieben von Beatrice am 06. September 2001 20:13:47:

ja ich bin die, die Buckelwale der Kapverden versucht zu studieren.
Toene etwas frustriert...ja zum Kuckuck!!!!
Geplant sind wieder Forschungstoerns mit der Sodade fuer naechsten Maerz-April, aber wer mich kennt, weiss, dass da immer neue Projekte im Hinterkopf stecken. Fuer einige solcher Projekte hab ich etwas "auf den Busch" geklopft (Busch mit C, nichts mit USA zu tun) und nach langen Umwegen von einer alten Bekannten aus dem WWF folgendes Mail erhalten, muss ich es kommentieren???????????????????????????????????????

Dear Monica [Borner, WWF Schweiz] and Beatrice,
Thanks for the message.
I fear that it may well be true that Cape Verde Islands are on Japan's list of possible countries to "buy". E.g see the press statement here:

Tuesday, August 07, 2001, 00:50 (GMT + 9)

Morocco and Japan recently signed an agreement in Rabat
for fishery co-operation between Morocco, Japan and other
African countries.

As part of the programme, the Agadir fishing technologies
institute (ISTPM) will hold four to six-week training
courses for African executives and technicians, with
emphasis on processing, writes Maghreb Arab Press.

This programme, implemented as part of recommendations of
the fourth ministerial conference on fishery co-operation
between African countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean,
will run for five years and will benefit more than 15
African countries. It has been extended to Algeria and
Tunisia. The participating countries are Angola, Benin,
Cameroon, Cape-Verde, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Guinea
(Conakry), Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Sao
Tome and Principe, Senegal and Togo. Morocco is the
permanent secretariat and aims to consolidate African
competence and keep industry professionals abreast of
processing technology and quality control.

The project is jointly-managed by the Moroccan Ministry
of Fisheries and the Japanese International Co-operation
Agency (JICA) and is part of tripartite co-operation
accord between Morocco, Japan and other African
countries, as recommended in the October 1998 Tokyo
international conference on African development."

As for what to do locally, encouraging whale-watching might help, assuming there is quite a big tourist industry (but I have to say this has not yet been a successful tactic in other "bought" countries in the Caribbean). Increasing public awareness about cetaceans, especially amongst through newspapers, and as high up in the Government as possible, is also important.

All best

Cassandra Phillips
Senior Policy Adviser, whales and Antarctica
WWF, the conservation organisation

Tel/fax: +44 1386 882055

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