The Project Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region aims to enhance the protection and conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region by reducing human-induced direct mortality.
Activities are taking place in 13 Countries:
Albania, Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.
Applied Research and Monitoring of nesting sites and marine hotspots
- Monitoring of known and sporadic nesting sites.
- Assessment of beach quality for nesting and incubation on potential nesting areas.
- Evaluation of climate change impacts on nesting.
- Improved knowledge on migration routes and feeding sites using current and new technologies (i.e. satellite tracking, isotope and genetic analysis, etc.).
Reinforcement of coordination and implementation of harmonized protocols
- Identification and mapping of important Marine Turtle Areas in the Mediterranean.
- Standardised monitoring protocols on Marine Turtles available for managers of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
- Integration of collected data in the Mediterranean Biodiversity Platform.
Capacity building for relevant stakeholders for marine turtle conservation
- Organization of regional trainings on identification and monitoring of nesting areas.
- Standardised assessment of beach quality for nesting.
- Permanent operational training centers developed for MPA managers.
- MPA exchange visits on managing marine turtles.
- Permanent training centers for education on marine turtles.
Improvement of management and protection of nesting sites
- Elaboration or update of National Action Plans for the conservation of marine turtles.
- Advocacy activities with case studies from pilot sites on marine turtles’ management.
- Rapid assessment of the conservation status of nesting beaches in Greece.
- Manual for MPA (Marine Protected Areas) Managers based on adaptive management principles.
- Awareness raising for local communities.
- Evaluation of socio‐economic benefits linked to marine turtle conservation in Zakynthos National Park (Greece).
Reduce illegal trade of marine turtles in Tunisia
- Assessment of the existing illegal trade by interviewing local stakeholders and communities.
- Sustainable behavior change campaigns.
- Communication activities to raise awareness about marine turtles. General audiences to be informed about the serious threat posed by illegal trade on marine turtle populations.