Nesting Beach Conservation

Published: 19 August 2015
Last edited: 23 February 2017
Protecting hawksbill nests from poaching and other elements and employing local inhabitants and staff to collect data on nesting female turtles, hatchlings, and nesting performance. This improves the understanding of hawksbill biology and life-history and maximizes the number of eggs that result in hatchlings to increase the overall hawksbill turtle population.


Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

• Increasing efforts by conservation community to protect and restore critically endangered species populations worldwide. • Demand for non-consumptive alternative sources of livelihood.

Lessons learned

• Direct payments for hawksbill egg protection create socio-economic benefits and encourage “reciprocal wellbeing” between local residents and nesting hawksbills. • Importance of protecting coastal vegetation located within 200 meters of high tide mark for hawksbill nesting habitat.