|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||8 Sep 2014|
We will build a hatchery in the beginning of the main nesting season.
Also doing systematic day and night patrols (with male locale guides and support of coast guards) of the beaches during nesting season to collect and relocate nests into the hatchery or to protect nests in situ with meshes. The purpose of these activities is to decrease the rate of poaching and the loss of nest by domestic animals predation.
Doing protection and systematic monitoring of protected nests on the beach and in the hatchery. Regular morning monitoring of the beach to collect important information about nesting numbers and predation rates. The purpose of the documentation of these variables is to assist other conservation efforts with clear and systematic data registered methodically over the years.
The tagging of nesting females provides unique information about the distribution and abundance of female turtles as well as estimates of inter-nesting intervals (the time between successive nests) and re-migration intervals (the number of years between nesting seasons for a given turtle).
As well we want to increase the participation in the preservation of sea turtles on a national and international base. Therefor it is very important to include the local community in order to show them the importance of conservation and create opportunities to gain an income based on conservation rather than poaching and commercialization of turtle eggs or gold extraction of this important natural habitat. To educate the children from Carate and surround in environmental topics is also one of our target (regularly children workshops).
We want to improve the collaboration and information exchange with sea turtle conservation networks in Costa Rica as well as Costa Rican government agencies such as MINAE (Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía).
We have long lasting partnerships with international NGOs that are working with students on the Osa Peninsula gaining field experience and study sustainable conservation practices. All of them have to deliver their assigned field studies that could lead to publications of the collaborating universities supporting the international interest of this conservation project.
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