Santo Antão dry area

Cape Verde has experienced exceptionally dry weather over recent years, more evidence of global warming. The Cape Verde government has now warned of a potential emergency by October 2020. This warning is of a serious shortage of water, which might lead to temporary limits on water usage.

The estimated aquifer levels are thought to be below United Nations levels that creates a water emergency. Lack of rainfall means that reservoirs are low. The lack of rainfall also has impacted on agriculture, health and the overall economy. So it is necessary to take urgent steps to minimise water consumption. The Ministério da Agricultura e Ambiente (Ministry of Agriculture and Environment) has therefore been authorised to implement temporary limitations on water consumption up to October 2020. Weather statistics support this situation and the effects of global warming.