Newsletter Sal, CV: First beach cleaning of 2020!

Newsletter Sal, CV: First beach cleaning of 2020!

Sharkpoint before our beach cleaning!

A fantastic team of volunteers made of 15 military soldiers and 10 volunteers collected 300 Kgs on the beaches of Shark Point. It is well known for being a beach that is poorly maintained and unfortunately stirred by winds bringing back all sorts of waste from the ocean.

On 19th January 2020, Calao proceeded to its first beach cleaning of the new year 2020.

We would like to thank all volunteers and
wish that more will join our heroes team!

Happy New Year 2020 – Bonne et Heureuse Année 2020

Happy New Year 2020 – Bonne et Heureuse Année 2020

L’équipe de Calao asbl a le plaisir de vous souhaiter une Bonne et Heureuse Année 2020.

Calao espère toujours compter sur votre soutien durant l’année en cours.

Nous vous tiendrons au courant de nos avancées et espérons être à la hauteur de vos attentes ! A bientôt ….

L’année 2020 sera une année pleine de défis auxquels nous espérons pouvoir répondre. Le projet à Sal devrait bientôt entamer la partie éducative et le projet en Côte d’Ivoire entame une nouvelle année tout en poursuivant ses objectifs : éducation = conservation.


The Calao’s team is pleased to wish a Happy New Year 2020. It hopes to be able to count on you during this coming year.

2020 is meant to be challenging for all our projects. The Sal Project will start with its educative phase shortly and the Côte d’Ivoire project is continuing its assumption in the educative field. Education = Conservation is the moto.

We will keep you posted on our achievements. We are hoping to be able to achieve your expectations! Let’s keep our fingers crossed ….

Le Luxembourg nous soutient dans le combat contre le plastique

Le Luxembourg nous soutient dans le combat contre le plastique

Calao is delighted to announce the official support of the Ministry of Environment, Climate, and Sustainable Development in Luxembourg for its ambitious project in Cape Verde.

Thanks to their financial support, Calao and its partners, CODE CV and Oceonario de Lisboa, will launch a major education campaign in schools on the island of Sal from September 2019.
This campaign will initially be carried out by training teachers and teachers on the themes of bio-diversity protection, plastic pollution, and ways to combat this hugh plastic issue, as well as on recycling.
A hundred teachers will be trained, and ill receive a training kit, in order to be able to deliver this new type of field in the best conditions. Students from 6 to 12 years old; this programme will tackle a large part of the young local community.

Finally, we have just completed the acquisition of the first machines in Portugal, which will allow us to create the first plastic recycling unit in Sal this year.

We hope to be able to carry out the first tests from the plastic collected in the city of Santa Maria, around December 2019.


Calao a l’immense plaisir d’annoncer le soutien officiel du Ministère de l’environnement, du climat, et du développement durable au Luxembourg, pour notre ambitieux projet au Cap Vert.

Grace à leur soutien financier, Calao et ses partenaires, CODE CV et Oceonario de Lisboa, vont pouvoir lancer une grande campagne d’éducation dans les écoles de l’île de Sal dès le mois de Septembre 2019.
Cette campagne sera menée dans un premier temps par la formation des instituteurs et professeurs sur les thèmes de la protection de la bio-diversité, la pollution du plastique, et les moyens de combattre ce fléau, ainsi que sur le recyclage.
Une centaine d’enseignants seront ainsi formées par nos soins, et recevront un kit de formation, afin de pouvoir dispenser ce nouveau type de cours dans les meilleures conditions. L’âge des élèves varie entre 6 et 12 ans, ce qui permettra de toucher une large partie de la jeune communauté locale.

Enfin, nous venons de finaliser au Portugal l’acquisition des premières machines, qui nous permettrons de créer à Sal la première unité de recyclage de plastique dès cette année. Nous espérons pouvoir effectuer les premiers tests à partir du plastique collecté dans la ville de Santa Maria, vers Décembre 2019.

L’équipe de CALAO

Help us to save Cabo Verde from plastic pollution!

Help us to save Cabo Verde from plastic pollution!

Help us to save Cabo Verde from plastic pollution

Despite its geographical isolation, the Cape Verde Islands suffer from a constant flow of plastic debris transported by the ocean current of the Canaries. They accumulate mainly on the eastern shores of the archipelago. These debris pose a permanent threat to the marine life and biodiversity of the islands. Since the project’s start, Calao has collected more than 15 tonnes of marine debris on the island of Sal.

Since the project’s start, Calao has collected more than 15 tonnes of marine debris on Sal. We must continue our operations, because our fight can not stop until the fishing industry imposes on its operators more environmentally friendly practices.
Calao is an international association, based in Luxembourg, created in 2004. Our goal is the protection of biodiversity and the environment through concrete actions and an education program designed for local communities in Africa. After two successful projects in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire, Calao launched in 2015 an ambitious program to clean up the beaches of the island of Sal in Cape Verde.  In order to continue our regular operations of sanitation of the beaches of Sal, we hope to be able to count on your financial support, even symbolic, because the fight against the marine pollution is a long-term fight and unfortunately it announces itself complicated without the involvement of the main culprits of this pollution, namely the international fishing industry. We are convinced that it is our duty towards future generations. We estimate our budget at EUR 5,000 a year, which corresponds to the purchase of bags to transport waste, gloves for volunteers and the rental of a commercial vehicle to transport waste to the landfill.

Please follow this link for your donations!  thanks in advance!


Click here for our video.


Sal Newsletter – May 2018

Sal Newsletter – May 2018

On 13 May 2018, Calao Luxembourg has performed its monthly beach cleaning in Shark Bay, Sal, Cabo Verde.
A group of volunteers from Espargos helped us during the operation to collect overall more than 400 Kgs of marine waste.

We would like to thank all the volunteers for their precious help.

Our action was covered in Cabo Verde’s press:

Ilha do Sal: CALAO promove campanha de limpeza visando a protecção das tartarugas marinhas

Ilha do Sal: Associação ambientalista promove campanha de limpeza visando a protecção das tartarugas marinhas