Capacity building for the research and conservation of endangered sea turtles in Venezuela and Colombia

Hedelvy Guada

The Caribbean Sea is a rich basin inhabited by a wide diversity of marine flora and fauna. Its warm, sandy beaches and rich coastal ecosystems including coral reefs and sea grass beds, are critical to the survival of six species of endangered sea turtles which inhabit Caribbean waters. It is along this Caribbean coast within Colombia and Venezuela that the project team proposes to study sea turtle nesting and foraging ecology, as well as assess the current conservation status of species' in the region. Environmental education and technical training programs will be integral components of this work. Once the current status of the Venezuelan and Colombian turtles populations is better defined, appropriate bi-national conservation strategies can be formulated for the protection of a key sea turtle sites across the region.

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