SOS Tartarugas works in Cape Verde protecting nesting loggerheads turtles (Caretta caretta) and their habitat. Cape Verde is the third most important nesting area for loggerheads in the world. Turtles are at risk from hunting for meat, stealing of eggs, removal of sand for building and unregulated tourism development. Our email is
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Conservation Workshop/Atelier de Conservação

We are delighted to welcome participants from Fogo, Santo Antão, São Nicolau, São Vicente & Santiago to our first conservation workshop.  All of these islands have turtle conservation programmes, many of them started by small communities and some run by the Câmara Municipais (City Halls).  The workshop aims to give the participants as much hands on practical experience as possible, particularly with learning how and why to tag turtles, relocation of endangered nests as well as an overview of tourism, outreach activities and fundraising.  We also hope to create a network of Capeverdian conservations and a forum to promote more active participation and the exchange of ideas.

SOS Tartarugas is committed to building the skills needed to conserve turtles within communities in a way that benefits Capeverdians and we commit 35% of our budget to supporting islands without significant tourism revenue.   We will be making follow up visits to the delegates projects as well as provided them with equipment such as head-torches and GPS.

This workshop has been funded through a grant from the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Marine Turtle Conservation Fund, for which we are very grateful.

1 comment:

  1. Hi

    I am visiting ClubHotel Riu Garopa for a vacation in a few weeks and have been telling the kids about what you do for the turtles and they are v interested. Is there anyway they could visit one of the sanctuaries to learn more?