In 2015, Cape Verde will be in sixth place on the list of African countries with the highest percentage of their population living in urban areas. In 2050, the archipelago is projected to be one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, according to UNESCO data on Africa’s “2030 Generation,” presented in Johannesburg, South Africa. The same report calls for investments in Africa’s youngest generation. Cape Verde’s leaders have also been appealed to.
The report, in placing Cape Verde in 2050 as one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, with the aggravating factor of coming in sixth position in the ranking of countries on the continent with the highest percentage of urban population, is expected to put the governing class on red alert regarding policies and measures to be undertaken in the coming decades.
The situation calls for planning strategies and the responsible use of land (which is an extremely scarce resource in Cape Verde), as well as measures in the areas of health, education and the encouragement of rural activities as a way of maintaining current rural populations in place and attracting new inhabitants to the countryside.
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