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Turtle foundation

– Cape Verde & Indonesia projects

Year: 2010 – 2012
Partners
: Turtle Foundation
Websitewww.turtle-foundation.org  / Youtube channel : www.youtube.com/user/turtlefoundation

Project Backgound
All seven species of sea turtles are endangered due to human activity. In many places of the world, a large number of adult turtles are still brutally slaughtered. In other areas, turtle populations are threatened by the plundering of nests, unmitigated beach development, pollution, and fishing bycatch. Worldwide the stocks of sea turtles have declined by over 60% in the last 100 years, bringing some species to the brink of extinction. In many regions, local populations are already gone.

Project Indonesia
To many people, Borneo represents the rapid decline of its rain forests and the orangutan. However, on many of its small offshore islands additional disasters take place. Off the east coast of Borneo, there is a group of small islands called the Derawan archipelago, home to one of the most important nesting areas of green turtle. For decades, virtually every turtle egg was collected on these islands, resulting in a decline of more than 91% of the turtle population.

Since its founding in 2000, the Turtle Foundation has worked on a conservation program for sea turtles in the Derawan archipelago together with its local partner organization, Yayasan Penyu Berau. Currently, Turtle Foundation protects three major green turtle nesting areas on the islands of Sangalaki, Bilang-Bilangan and Mataha. We maintain ranger stations from which our personnel guard the nesting beaches continuously, allowing us to protect approximately 75% of the nests laid in the archipelago from poaching. Our protection has resulted in about 6.2 million hatchlings being allowed to enter the sea.

The Turtle Foundation is planning to extend the protection program to two previously unprotected islands, Belambangan and Sambit. This would result
in over 90% of the nests laid in the archipelago to be protected, and increase the chances of the long-term survival of the population.

Project Cape Verde
On the Cape Verde Islands, the sea turtles are exposed to multiple threats, although they are protected by Cape Verde law. Cape Verde is home to the world‘s third largest nesting population of loggerhead turtle, and yet it is subject to the greatest possible danger – the female turtles coming ashore to lay eggs are brutally slaughtered for the sale of the meat. During the 2007 nesting season, before the Turtle Foundation began their protection program on the Cape Verde island of Boavista, over 1,200 turtles were killed there – about a third of the number of nesting females that year! Another threat to the population is the massive tourism development on the beaches used by the turtles, particularly on the south coast of Boavista. In addition to the loss of nesting habitat, the lights from the hotel negatively affect both the nesting adult females and the hatchlings in the area.

Turtle Foundation now protects five beaches with a total length of over 20 km – reducing the number of turtles killed on Boavista each year since our project‘s initiation. The monitoring of nesting beaches is done with the help of local soldiers and volunteers from around the world and is accompanied by environmental education, beach clean-ups, job skills training, and handicraft production assistance for the local population. The success of the conservation program is reflected in recent years by the fact that the annual number of turtles killed has been reduced by over 95% on beaches where Turtle Foundation conducts patrols.

pdficon_large Info Turtle Foundation (PDF 682kb)

pdficon_large Newsletter – 2012 November (PDF 167kb)

View The Turtle Foundation Volunteer Film 2012

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