Engaging the community in endangered species protection

Caretta Environmental Association
Publié: 01 septembre 2016
Dernière modification: 29 mars 2019
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Santa Cruz is a coastal community with about 26 thousands inhabitants with a strong past history of sea turtle slaughter and consumption as well as marine degradation. This solution addresses raising awareness and effectively engaging the community in endangered species protection and marine conservation.


Afrique occidentale et centrale
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
La mer ouverte
Écosystèmes marins et côtiers
Déchets marins
Gestion des espaces côtiers et marins
Services écosystèmiques
Pollution (y compris eutrophisation et déchets)
Perte de l'écosystème
Manque de sensibilisation du public et des décideurs
Mauvaise surveillance et application de la loi
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 8: Pollution réduite
Objectif 12: Réduction du risque d'extinction


Santa Cruz, Cape Verde


• Slaughter and consumption of sea turtle meat and eggs. • Discharge of plastic into the ocean by fishermen and residents.


The local community and the entire planet as we all depend on a healthy oceans.

Comment les blocs constitutifs interagissent-ils entre eux dans la solution?

The building blocks are implemented in a logical and strategic sequence in order to ensure taking full advantage of the lesson learned and transfer it to the next one. The people involved in the solution are taken from one building block to another and accumulate lessons learned. The building block interacts with one another by strengthening the lessons learned to the next one.

Les impacts positifs

• Reduction of garbage dump and plastic at sea. • Reduction of sea turtle death due to plastic Ingestion. • Increase of sea turtles nesting on the beach. • Fishermen became part of the solution and their children are prepared to become better citizens.


“Before 2012 I used to witness slaughter and consumption of sea turtle meat and eggs, discharge of plastic in the sea by fishermen and residents. As a young biologist I am passionate about nature and the marine Environment. I was motivated and inspired to do whatever necessary to reverse the situation. I joined a group of young people who had the idea of creating an organization to raise awareness among the community and make them part of the solution. We created “Caretta Association” for the protection of sea turtles and the marine environment. The project is currently implemented in the main and largest island of Cape Verde. Since the implementation of the project there has been a reduction of dead sea turtle carcasses found. Many people have engaged and some have returned to the sea animals that were kept in captivity.” (Jaquelino Lopes Varela)

Contribué par

Jaquelino Lopes Varela Caretta Association

Soumise par

Caretta Association