Across the world, sea turtle populations face severe threats from the poaching of turtle eggs, incompatible coastal development, and destructive fishing practices.
In particular, the Eastern Pacific is recognized as a globally important habitat for marine turtles and is home to vulnerable and endangered species such as hawksbill, leatherback, olive ridley, and green turtles. Wild Earth Allies will leverage more than a decade of marine turtle conservation work on the pacific coast of Nicaragua by shifting to work regionally with a network of partners to support recovery of sea turtle populations in the Eastern Pacific. Our main strategies are to: protect key turtle nesting sites in Central America through community-based patrolling; strengthen sustainable community tourism initiatives; support better land-use planning in nesting areas; and promote policy reforms that address threats to marine turtles, such as illegal fisheries practices.
The Eastern Pacific is a globally important habitat for marine turtles and is home to many vulnerable and endangered species.