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Environmental awareness in São Tomé
Building support for conservation of the unique biodiversity of São Tomé Island

Overview/Background
São Tomé and Principe is often described as ‘Africa’s Galapagos’ owing to its unique biodiversity. The islands’ high biodiversity endemism, combined with their small size and the limited populations of those endemic species, make the islands’ remarkable biodiversity highly vulnerable to continuing threats from poorly planned agricultural development, possible future hydro-power dam development, illegal wood logging, invasive species, uncontrolled extraction of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and hunting.
BirdLife is committed to safeguarding São Tomé’s threatened biodiversity and conservation efforts have centred on field research to understand the status, needs and threats to STP’s 3 critically endangered endemic bird species to inform species and forest conservation plans; advocacy at government and private sector level to improve the management and protection of Obo Natural Park; capacity building to grow local and national conservation expertise; and initial awareness raising amongst local communities of the importance of STP’s biodiversity and ecosystems.

Aims of the Project
  • Raise mass youth awareness of the global importance of the national birds of São Tomé and Principe, building on earlier communications results
  • Create a supportive environment for future large-scale conservation and community/livelihood development initiatives.
Overall expected outcomes
  • Increased awareness of the importance of the birds and biodiversity of São Tomé amongst young people engaged in the campaign development; schoolchildren reached through the pilot education programme and Nature Club; and general public through high profile promotion.
  • Youth advocates for conservation within local communities.


This project was funded by Synchronicity Earth and implemented in 2016-2017 by a partnership between BirdLife International, SPEA and Oikos, cooperação e desenvolvimento.






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