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Marine Turtles Project

© SPA/RAC
Title:

Conservation of marine turtles in the Mediterranean Region.

Total duration:

36 months, from June 2017 to May 2020.

Execution:

SPA/RAC coordinates the implementation of the project's activities with the following partners: ARCHELON, DEKAMER, MEDASSET, MedPAN, NMPZ, WWF Greece and WWF Turkey;

Beneficiary countries:

Albania, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Libya, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

Context and objectives of the project:

The project aims to support the creation of monitoring networks and tools and a sustainable management plan for marine turtles and their habitats in the Mediterranean, through the implementation of harmonized monitoring protocols in line with the EcAp guidelines, and by adopting a participatory and integrated approach that consider both local socio-economic and environmental contexts.

The activities planned are in line with the main mission of SPA/RAC. This is to assist the contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention to fulfil their obligation under the SPA/DB Protocol, the Strategic Action Programme for the conservation of Biological Diversity (SAP BIO) in the Mediterranean Region, and the Regional Action Plan for the conservation of marine turtles in the Mediterranean.

Activities:

The strategies and project activities are:

  • Strategy A: Applied research and monitoring actions on nesting sites and marine hotspots of marine turtles and their habitats while taking into account local environmental and socio-economic contexts.
  • Strategy B: Reinforce coordination amongst concerned partners including decision-makers, scientists and MPA managers. The aim is to implement harmonized management plans and monitoring protocols following a participatory approach and in line with the EcAp guidelines;
  • Strategy C: Build capacities for relevant stakeholders on the conservation of marine turtles and their habitats through training, exchanging, awareness and sharing of experience and information.
  • Strategy D: Improve the management and the protection of nesting sites. This can be done through the implementation of powerful tools for capitalization and exploitation of already collected data. This should lead to the establishment of accessible and effective national databases for the monitoring; and
  • Strategy E: Reduce the illegal trade of sea turtles’ products through education, raising awareness and communication.
Parteners of the project :

ARCHELON, DEKAMER, MEDASSET, MedPAN, NMPZ, WWF Grèce, WWF Turquie

Funding:

The marine turtles project is financially supported by the MAVA Foundation.

 

For more information on the Turtles Project, please contact

Lobna BEN NAKHLA
Program officer - species conservation
lobna.bennakhla@spa-rac.org

Atef LIMAM
Project officer
atef.limam@rac-spa.org