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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Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Nha Terra" campaign launched in Praia

The island of Santiago is the largest consumer of turtle meat and illegal imports from other islands is common.

To counter this, this summer there will be a large scale awareness campaign to alert the population to the fact that turtles are on the brink of extinction in Cabo Verde.  The campaign comprises of public events in Praia, São Francisco, Ciadade Velha, Tarrafal, Pedra Badjo, Calheta & Assomoda.

In addition, workshops for the authorities (Police, port authorities, airport security, Câmara Municipais & judiciary) to discuss the laws relating to turtles and to encourage more rigorous application.

The theme of the campaign "Nha Terra" focuses on turtles being a part of the country's heritage and important to preserve for future generations.  In addition they are migratory, just like a large percentage of the Capeverdean population and they have a right to return to a safe place to give birth.

The campaign was launched in Praia by the batukaderas of Delta Cultura (Tarrafal, Santiago) who have written a special song to support the campaign.

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