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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Cape Verde 2019
The Travel Foundation’s Greener Hotels project, in partnership with TUI Care Foundation (TCF), aims to improve resource efficiency by reducing waste, as well as improving the efficiency of water and energy-use in hotels on the islands of Sal and Boa Vista, Cabo Verde. The Travel Foundation is working with Ecovisao to deliver the waste management part of the project and with the Responsible Hospitality Partnership Ltd (RHP) and GestEnGreen to deliver the water and energy part of the project.
The dry, sunny climate that makes Cabo Verde so popular with tourists also makes it particularly sensitive to the pressures of tourism. The islands of Sal and Boa Vista have very little rainfall, a lack of recycling facilities and limited landfill capacity. In response, the Travel Foundation has engaged tourism stakeholders in a project to improve resource efficiency within hotel operations.
The three-year project has been focused on building capacity within hotels so that they can introduce better, more sustainable practices, and creating an enabling environment by improving collaboration between tourism organizations. Sixteen hotels have been actively engaged in the project and have been provided with action plans, training, support and toolkits to improve the efficiency of water and energy-use and waste management across their operations, including kitchens, restaurants, gardens, laundry services, guest facilities and bedrooms.
The innovative aspect of this project has been the focus on engaging tourism organizations to work collaboratively for sustainability. This has been achieved partly through the creation of a new destination council in Sal and initial steps to create similar in Boa Vista. The aim of these councils is to provide a formal structure for tourism stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors, to work together in order to facilitate the development of sustainable tourism.