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2020

Improving Loggerhead turtle’s protection through civil society involvement in Santa Luzia and São Vicente islands (Cape Verde)

Cap Vert

Titre : Improving Loggerhead turtle’s protection through civil society involvement in Santa Luzia and São Vicente islands (Cape Verde)

Pays : Cape Verde

Signature convention : 13/02/2020

Durée du projet : 15 mois

Contexte
Cape Verde is the third recognized worldwide most important nesting site for Loggerhead turtles, and Santa Luzia by being deserted, is the only (island) refuge in the country where this species can nest away from anthropogenic threats like frequent human disturbance, light pollution, coastal urban development, nest destruction or turtle attacks by stray animals (i.e. dogs). In 2003 the Cape Verdean government created a Marine Protected Area (MPA) comprising the Deserted islands and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean to a depth of 200 meters. Despite this, the MPA still lacks some basic infrastructures and sea patrols are infrequent due to lack of funds, resources or governmental will, and in Santa Luzia the illegal practices continue to exist out-of-sight, as well as in the main island of São Vicente (outside the MPA). The MPA still faces other threats like uncontrolled fisheries, coastal waste pollution and uncontrolled visiting by tourists, disturbances that are unregulated and highly damaging to nesting Loggerhead turtles. The waste pollution that reaches the shores of Santa Luzia each year have a direct and deadly effect on turtles and their

Objectifs
With this project, Biosfera wants to secure, enhance the protection and increase the surveillance and reporting rates of crimes against protected species of turtles in Santa Luzia and in São Vicente. To achieve this objective, civil society (general public and fishermen communities) as well as local authorities will be strongly engaged on this project for an immediate and effective protection measures against poaching, and to mitigate the plastic pollution impacts over the survival of nesting Loggerhead turtles in Santa Luzia island

Activités
* One phone number is open to exclusively report crimes against turtles. Offences are identified, numbered and made public by Biosfera ;
* At least 30 volunteers from Ponta d´Pom are aware of the SOS Turtle number and will report any suspicious activities ;
* At least 80 volunteers are involved on turtle monitoring and cleaning beach campaigns ;
* 2 km2 of the beach of Achados is more accessible to nesting turtles due to the plastic removal ;
* 8 km of beach monitored and protected for Loggerheads ;
* 2 television reports, 6 radio broadcasts and 2 newspaper news mentioning the SOS Turtle number ;
* At least 2 meetings are organized by Biosfera with governmental entities and local authorities (DNA, Ministry of Marine Economy- MEM, Coastal Guard, National Police Corps).

Bénéficiaire : BIOSFERA

Financement
Montant global du projet : 39 988€
Contribution FFEM : 29 985€
Partenaire financier : BIOSFERA

Présentation : UICN France

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