The preservation of local biodiversity in and around its wind farms has been one of Cabeólica's main environmental objectives. 

Due to the critical status of certain species, resulting from anthropogenic impacts and excessive predation, Cabeólica has given high attention to the preservation of local biodiversity living in and around its wind farms, including several bird species.

Preservation of birds

Since the design phase of its wind farms, Cabeólica has been aware of important bird nesting areas located near the Boa Vista wind farm.

Over the past decade, the birds in these areas have seen their numbers decline dramatically due to poor breeding and heavy predation by humans and feral cats..

Therefore, the company has sent efforts not only to para prevenir prevent against any possible harmful impacts resulting from its activities on the birds , but alsoto take important initiatives to stop the decline of the populations.

The Cabeólica has funded BIOS.CV projects in order to improve the reproductive success of the Boa Vista squeaker population, having deployed several artificial nesting platforms along the coast, where in previous years, there was a low reproductive success.

This action called "Project Guincho" was awarded best conservation program for threatened species in West Africa 2015 by the Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Program 2015.

During the project phase, government Nature and Conservation organizations in Cape Verde, namely the National Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (INIDA) and theDireção-Geral do Meio Ambiente,as well as NGOs such as Natura 2000,were involved in supporting the intensive bird collision risk assessment conducted by the company.

This assessment was subsequently used by Cabeólica in micrositing the Boa Vista wind farm in order to ensure the lowest possible risk to local bird species, particularly the Guincho and the Junco's Tail, during the operation phase.

We have had the great pleasure of seeing the results of these efforts by Cabeólica, while the studies carried out have generated important data regarding the behaviour of the local avifauna,which are now available to the scientific community and to the general public.

The Cabeólica also frequentlyrequests studies developed by experts as part of the bird mitigation and conservation plan, which result in annual reports on bird behavior,consisting of detailed monitoring conducted with several species of threatened Cape Verdean birds.

These reports are distributed each year to relevant stakeholders, such as the Directorate General of the Environment and NGOs working in bird conservation, in order to stimulate potential collaborations that can generate positive results for the overall diversity of the country's avifauna.

In 2014, Cabeólica commissioned an independent firm to conduct post-construction modeling of collision risks from vulnerable bird species in order to certify that such risks remain low according to modeling completed in the past.

The collision risk analysis is part of the ongoing assessment, which serves to help the company evaluate the risks of potential impacts, and thus modify mitigation and conservation strategies depending on indications of potential impact risks.

This exercise concluded, as with previous modeling, that the risks of vulnerable bird species colliding with wind turbines are extremely low..

Reptile Preservation

In 2020, researcher Raquel Vasconcelos discovered a specimen of Osga that does not exist anywhere else on the planet,christening it the Saint Nicholas Osga..

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The Cape Verdean Tarentola,found on the island of São Vicente and nowhere else in the world,was until recently classified as Data Deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List - meaning that information on this gecko was insufficient to decide its conservation category.

Since 2009, Cabeólica has been collaborating with expert biologists at the Center for Research in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO) in Portugal, funding studies on behavior and population diversityin order to increase knowledge about this very rare and important species.

As a result of this effort for the preservation of this species, in 2011 the Cape Verdean Tarentola, surrogate Cape Verdean Tarentola saw its status on the IUCN Red List changed from "subspecies" to "species" and from "data poor conservation status" to "low conservation concern"..

Today, the surrogate Cape Verdean Tarentola can be found in a healthy population,coexisting perfectly with the Cabeólica turbines at the São Vicente wind farm.