July 10th to 12th, 2023
Lisbon, Portugal

ALER organised an interchange in Portugal for a delegation from the Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago, Cape Verde

Between 10 and 12 July, ALER hosted in Lisbon a delegation from the Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago, Cape Verde, for an exchange action within the framework of the Climate and Energy Access Action Plan (SEACAP).


The Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago is one of the first two signatory municipalities of the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) in Cape Verde, together with the city of Praia. Based on this initiative, ALER developed a Communication and Awareness Plan for SEACAP, culminating in a visit to several Portuguese municipalities involved in the Covenant of Mayors. 


The delegation was composed by the Mayor, Nélson Moreira, the Councillor for the Environment, Venceslau Sanches, the Coordinator of the CoM SSA Project - Covenant of Mayors, Nilton Gomes, and the Financial Director of the project, Adilson Semedo.


During this exchange, the delegation had the opportunity to visit several institutions in Portugal, including Cascais City Council, Lisbon City Council, Torres Vedras City Council, the Institute of Systems and Robotics of the University of Coimbra and Figueira da Foz City Council. In these visits, several projects were presented in the area of energy efficiency, water efficiency, energy poverty and integration of renewable energies in different scenarios and contexts.


The event was also highlighted by the signing of two partnership protocols, between the Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago, ALER and the Energy Agency (ADENE), reinforcing the commitment of the entities to collaborate in favour of sustainable energy and universal energy access in Cape Verde.


The initiative demonstrated the importance of exchanging knowledge and good practices between municipalities, aiming at mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. The delegation of the Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago returns to its country with new ideas and strategies to boost the energy transition and contribute to a greener and more sustainable future in Cape Verde.

Interchange photos

Photos of the interchange are available here.