The mission of our foundation is to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.
Why Sea Turtles?
Sea turtles are one of the oldest living species, having roamed the earth for over 100 million years but human interference is threatening their survival. The sea turtle, a flagship species, acts as an ambassador of all marine life and habitats in need of protection.
By focusing on and achieving the conservation of these charismatic migratory reptiles that swim thousands of miles across seas and oceans, the status of many other species that share their habitats will also be improved.
With over 3,000 km of coastline and thousands of offshore islands, Viet Nam is home to a wide range of species, including marine turtles. In Viet Nam, marine turtles are protected by both international and national legislation. Despite current laws, threats to marine turtles have increased due to the accidental and opportunistic capture by fishers; direct taking of nesting females and their eggs; and commercial hunting of hawksbill turtles for the shells for the international market.
Côn Đảo islands: chosen from more than 1000 applicants nationwide, we are fortunate enough to become members for the conservation programme and were assigned to the three big islands of Bảy Cạnh, Tre Lớn and Cau, all home to many turtles in Côn Đảo National Park. This is an ongoing project.
Our conservation project in Mexico is a rare chance to contribute directly to the protection and preservation of sea turtles. The work done by our partners at this project is critical, as many of the turtle species that nest on beaches in Mexico are increasingly endangered. The biodiversity research conducted in lagoons and estuaries is used by researchers and scientists across the Americas.
Puerto Vallarta is located on the Pacific coast in the Mexican State of Jalisco, within the Banderas Bay, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the World and happens to also be one of the Mexico’s largest, measuring 26 miles (42 km) from east to west and 20 miles (32 km) from north to south. Our second biggest project is focused on research and on the sustainable economic development of this region.
Promote community-based conservation projects
Increase local communities knowledge
Support the local, sustainable economic development
Implementation conservation plans through global partners
- Strengthened enforcement activities in close collaboration and participation with the relevant agencies through the implementation of Marine Conservation Action Plans (2015-2020)
- Raised awareness about critical conservation issues with communities as well as with governmental institutions at the policy level
- Reinforced and continued raised awareness among local businesses and authorities regarding the status of wildlife populations, existing laws and regulations
Identification of key trade routes, uses, and ‘hot-spots’ for trade and shared information on the illegal international trade (smuggling, trade flows).
YOU! ... and other generous private donors. For now we're limiting contributions from private organizations as it often comes with obligations. We have contacts with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and are still actively working on securing funding. Unlike other so-called preservation organizations, we're dedicating the bigger part of our proceeds to support the mission. Ever wondered how bikinis can help protecting wildlife and supporting sustainable development? By purchasing Riviera Coco beachwear, you directly and efficiently contribute to the Foundation's mission.
- Education for Nature-Vietnam (Hanoi)
- Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles (Athens)
- Flora Fauna y Cultura de México A.C. (México)
- Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias (México)
- Institute of Marine Resources (Suva, Fiji Islands)
- La Tortuga Feliz (Costa Rica, this is a work in progress)
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