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Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica

by Asociacion Latin American Sea Turtles - LAST Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica

Summary

This project will increase the survival of leatherback, endangered green turtle and critically endangered hawksbill turtle during nesting season at Pacuare beach. LAST staff and local community members in alliance with international and national volunteers will patrol the beach at night to protect around 200 - 500 nests and ensure a safe incubation of the eggs. Monitoring, investigation and local community involvement are our tools to reduce poaching and the illegal trade of turtle products!

$12,000
total goal
$3,993
remaining
88
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years

Challenge

Pacuare is a key beach of the nesting area that spans between Nicaragua and Colombia, considered the 4 largest nesting site for the leatherback turtle population worldwide. Due to its remote location, there is no police or government organization present that can enforce Costa Rican laws protecting marine turtles and nests of all species and nesting green and hawksbill females would be poached by almost 100% without any safeguarding! The trade with eggs and meat jeopardizes species' survival.

Solution

Almost every season, since 2011, the community project can only save approx. 50% of all nests laid. Night patrols from 8pm - 4am, collecting eggs, protecting nesting turtles, taking scientific data and tagging females as well as relocating the nests into a hatchery are crucial for turtle's survival in Pacuare. By using an RTV 4 wheeler for patrolling and egg transportation, we aim to improve our strategy and protect twice as many nests in 2017 and minimize the illegal take under 50%.

Long-Term Impact

Local conservation efforts in Pacuare will contribute to the population recovery of Atlantic sea turtle populations in the long term as steady protection will allow new generations to survive. Monitoring and data collection will provide us with important knowledge that can be shared with others, to produce population trends and to create better conservation plans for the region. We hope, that in 5 years, at least 80% of the community participates in conservation and poaching is reduced by 25%.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.latinamericanseaturtles.com
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Organization Information

Asociacion Latin American Sea Turtles - LAST

Location: Tibas, San Jose - Costa Rica
Website: http:/​/​www.latinamericanseaturtles.com
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @widecast1
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LAST VOLUNTEERS
Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica
$8,007 raised of $12,000 goal
 
94 donations
$3,993 to go
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