1.82 - Comparative Analysis of Insular Urban Management Systems and the Case of Tourism: Portugal – Cape Verde

Project Description

(Ph.D. Program on Civil Engineering)

The island of São Vicente in Cape Verde and the island of Terceira in the Azores both have great potential in terms of tourism, as they are islands where the tourist offer is not yet very developed. However, they present great differences that mainly concern the type of tourism that presents itself with greater vocation on each island. The island of São Vicente, being a more urban island with a large population concentration in the city of Mindelo and weak agricultural capacity, tends to specialize in a more cultural, recreational, and leisure tourism offer. However, the potential offer in terms of nature tourism in the Protected Area of ​​Monte Verde, where there is a large part of the island's endemic species, combined with the offer of rural and mountain tourism on the island of Santo Antão, could increase the tourist offer of the island for other types of alternative tourism and niches that could thus diversify the island's tourist offer. Terceira Island, in turn, has a tourist vocation essentially focused on an alternative and niche type of tourism, with a strong capacity to offer nature, environmental, mountain and biodiversity tourism, in addition to more cultural tourism that can be offered by the city of Angra do Heroísmo, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The islands of Cape Verde and the Azores, given their proximity in regional terms, both located in the Macaronesia region, may still have ample capacities for interregional cooperation and the transmission of learning, even in the case of Cape Verde, an independent country, with connections to sub-region of West Africa and the Azores, a region although autonomous, belonging to a larger country, Portugal, which in turn is part of the European Union, a vast community of exchange of goods and movement of people.

Research Team
  • Denis Andrade
  • Anabela Ribeiro (supervisor)
Financial Support
  • FCT - PRT/BD/152074/2021
Stage of Progress
  • Started in 2022