Conservation and management of Amazon turtles, Brazil

Camila Rudge Ferrara

Turtles are among the most vulnerable animals in Amazonian cultures because they have been traditionally harvested as a source of protein. The project goal is to provide necessary skills and practical experience to attend the needs for the effective protection and management of the Amazonian turtles. The objective is to implement a conservation programme consisting of practical work on nesting areas integrated into the training of park-rangers from the Brazilian Federal Environment Institute (IBAMA) and local people. Through intensive courses and practical lessons on nesting turtle management, these stakeholders will improve their knowledge on sustained yield harvest, education and outreach and management of nesting areas.