After three years of concentrating on direct protection of nesting turtles the project enters a new phase, focusing to how to engage the community in conservation activities.
|Residents of Algodoeiro discuss turtle conservation|
The first step was to try to understand the barriers to people caring and becoming involved in conservation and so INDP were commissioned to undertake a study which involved discussions with fishing communities, businesses & the general population here on Sal.
Thankfully the majority of people were aware that it was against the law to harm or disturb turtles, but most did not see any benefit to participating in their protection although they recognised that this was an important thing to do. They simply did not see it as anything to do with them.
|Talking to the fishing community at Pedra de Lume|
The full report can be downloaded here in Portuguese and here in English.