Cabo Verde Natura 2000 is a non-governmental, non-profit organization (NGO), legally constituted in June 2003. However, it works in conservation and research of the biodiversity of Cape Verde since 1998, focusing its main activity on the island of Boa Vista.
Today, the NGO is run by local and international staff, trained in both the environmental (marine biologists and graduates in Marine Sciences) and social levels.
This organization was founded by Dr. Luis Felipe López Jurado, Phd in Biology and Professor of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, who conducted the first detailed scientific study of the biodiversity of the archipelago (mainly from the eastern islands: Boa Vista, Maio and Sal). The results of these projects revealed the large existing biological richness on the islands, with a large number of endemic and globally threatened species, therefore the great importance of conservation and protection.