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Consultations on turtle conservation

Shayal Devi
Friday, June 27, 2014

FINAL consultations regarding turtle conservation between the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) and villages in the Malolo District have started.

MES marine awareness and education officer Filomena Serenia said they had reached the second phase of the turtle conservation project after receiving funding from UNDP, and Global Environment Facility Small Grant Program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries.

"The second phase involves the implementation of two documents that were an outcome of the first phase of the Mamanuca turtle conservation project," Ms Serenia said.

"These are 'The Best Practices and Guidelines Policy for resorts' and 'Community Based Management Plans' for villages in the Malolo District. In the consultation process for both resorts and villages, the nesting and feeding maps created in the first phase are being reviewed by conducting resource mapping.

"Schools are also targeted during the village consultations, where an awareness program on sea turtle conservation is specifically designed to suit school children."

Ms Serenia said they conducted weekly presentations in member resorts where guests were informed of the Mamanuca Turtle Conservation Project and its significance to the region.

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