Sea turtle conservation in Ivory Coast

José Gómez Peñate
Published: 23 March 2016
Last edited: 28 March 2019
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Summary

This solution helped to stop the poaching of sea turtles on the most important nesting beach of Côte d'Ivoire, the beach of Mani-Kablaké located west of the country. Thanks to the project implemented by CEM since 2013, turtle hunting and nest destruction have been eradicated at the site, more than 1,000 turtles and their nests were protected yearly, local stakeholders have benefited from drinking water supply and solar electrification, and eco-tourism has been developed in the area.

Classifications

Region
West and Central Africa
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Beach
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Theme
Species management
Challenges
Loss of Biodiversity
Poaching
Lack of alternative income opportunities
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Unemployment / poverty
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 2: Biodiversity values integrated
Target 12: Reducing risk of extinction

Location

Ivory Coast | Villages of Mani, Pitiké, Kablaké in Southwest Ivory Coast

Challenges

Stop sea turtle poaching and improve the well-being of local populations. - Before the launch of the project, about 1000 sea turtles were being killed annually and >50,000 nests destroyed. - The living standard of local populations is appallingly low, people live in poverty. Villages are not supplied by water nor electricity.

Beneficiaries

Local populations.

How do the building blocks interact?

Only available in French. To read this section in French, please download the document "Blue Solution Template in French: 'Conservation des tortues marines de Côte d’Ivoire'" from the bottom of this page, under 'Resources'.

Impacts

Only available in French. To read this section in French, please download the document "Blue Solution Template in French: 'Conservation des tortues marines de Côte d’Ivoire'" from the bottom of this page, under 'Resources'.

Story

Only available in French. To read this section in French, please download the document "Blue Solution Template in French: 'Conservation des tortues marines de Côte d’Ivoire'" from the bottom of this page, under 'Resources'.

Contributed by

Jose Gómez Peñate Conversation des Espèces Marines

Other contributors

Conversation des Espèces Marines (CEM)