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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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Environmental Fair

Rita and Jacquie went to the first ever Environmental Fair in Praia this week. The fair was opened by the Prime Minister and the Minister for the Environment, both of whom we had the chance to chat to about our project. In a speech about how important the protection of the environment was, the only subject to get a round of applause was when the PM talked about turtles being a critical part of the country's attraction and heritage. One of the best things was seeing some beautiful handicrafts from other islands (many using recycled products) and several inventive ways to make things from plastic bottles and bags. As it is rare to find Capeverdian handicrafts in Sal we hope to be able to sell some of these items here in the future.

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