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Daniel  Santos , Cape Verde

This grantee is still in the process of their leadership development with the JWH Initiative.

Daniel is passionate about preserving the environmental state of his native country, Cape Verde, and demonstrates his dedication through his work in eco-tourism.

Since earning a degree in Eco-Tourism, he has worked extensively in the Cape Verdean tourism industry. In 2012, Daniel also started teaching courses at the University of Cabo Verde on tourism guide training. He recently joined the Maio Biodiversity Foundation (FMB), an organisation which strives to protect the unique fauna and flora on Maio Island, Cape Verde. As a Project Manager at FMB, he leads the development of the first sustainable tourism activities in the Terras Salgadas Natural Reserve in Maio. His activities include working with the local communities adjacent to the protected area. His background in eco-tourism and active involvement with local communities in Maio gives him promising potential to successfully implement these activities and continue developing the sustainable tourism branch of FMB.

He will use his JWH Initiative grant to attend the Ecotourism and Sustainable Conference in Brazil. There he will have the opportunity to build his network, exchange ideas and bring back new strategies for Maio Island. He is most interested in learning about how eco-tourism can contribute to the conservation of natural areas, while alleviating poverty, empowering women, enhancing education and improving the well-being of local communities.

Nominated by

Franziska Koenen:  Maio Biodiversity Foundation .