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SEA TURTLES CONSERVATION


 

CABO VERDE COOPERATION WITH PROJECT BIODIVERSITY

 

MEDIA CAMPAIGN AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES TO MITIGATE MARINE TURTLE MEAT CONSUMPTION IN CAPE VERDE


Turtles are facing extinction due to by-catch from massive uncontrolled longline fisheries, aggressive poaching and marine pollution.

Cabo Verde IS NOT an exception.

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On the third most important nesting site for Loggerhead turtles in the world, poaching happens every night even close to towns and hotels, and little is done to support conservation.

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Cabo Verdean waters are home to five different species of marine turtles including the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Green and Olive Ridley. Of these species, the Loggerhead is the only one known to regularly nest on its beaches. Unfortunately, like all marine turtle species, the Loggerhead remains endangered as a result of poaching, development and continuous negative human pressures.
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Part of Nakawe Project team is cooperating with the Cape Verdean Organization:

Projeto Biodiversidade (Project Biodiversity) compromised to the protection of Wildlife through environmental protection plans driven by Sal’s community, in Cape Verde, mainly focused in the protection and conservation of Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta).
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Project Biodiversity and Nakawe Project are joining efforts to make our best in spreading the need to protect biodiversity and promoting local actions that generate change and improvement for the conservation of threatened species.
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Their team of local rangers, biologists, outdoor environmentalists and volunteers, works persistently during the season to assure that the animals are safe from poaching and other human threats, that unfortunately still pose a significant threat to the survival of this species in Sal and all Cape Verde.
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GOALS OF COOPERATION

1-Motivate projects that involve the local community.

2-Encourage future volunteers to generate audiovisual content to show the field camp work and patrols.

3-Increase the awareness of the general public with a widespread media campaign .

The “Nha Terra” campaign focuses on the heritage of marine turtles in Cape Verde and the need to preserve them for future generations. The main message is that, marine turtles, like the Cape Verdean people, leave their place of birth to travel the world, but remain Cape Verdean, and deserve to have a safe place in this country when they return to lay their eggs.

4-Create a visual report to show the day by day routines of the one month experience as a volunteer in the camp. (Experiences, opinions, visions…) 

5-Making research and learning about other environmental threats in the area.
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