Sea Turtle Monitoring and Conservation at VArela, Guinea-Bissau
In northwest of mainland Guinea-Bissau, in the region of Varela, Cacheu, there are important nesting areas mainly used by green turtles, but also by the critically endangered hawksbill turtle. About 25km of sandy beaches stretch from the mouth of the Cacheu River to the Senegalese border. Several are on barrier islands and others are on the mainland. The region is populated by the Felupe/Jola ethnic group. At least some people in this group did not consume turtles, but recent behavioural changes are discontinuing this tradition, requiring an urgent intervention.
1. Protection of all nesting sea turtles and their clucthes from poaching
2. Monitoring of sea turtle nesting activities to understand the importance of these nesting sites
This project envolved daily beach surveys and night patrols during the nesting season (August to November), and several awareness sessions and meetings at the seven nearby villages.
Associação Tartarugas Marinhas de Varela