Nevis Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Nevis Sea Turtle Conservation Project
SEA TURTLES HAVE BEEN NESTING ON NEVIS AND FORAGING IN THE SEA SURROUNDING IT FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. HOWEVER, RECENT ANTHROPOGENIC THREATS SUCH AS COASTAL DEVELOPMENT, POACHING AND SAND MINING HAVE DECIMATED THEIR POPULATION. SINCE 2001 THE NEVIS TURTLE GROUP (NTG) HAS BEEN MONITORING SEA TURTLE ACTIVITY ON THE ISLAND’S BEACHES AND IN ITS WATERS. LEVELS OF AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION HAS BEEN RAISED ON THE ISLAND BY SUCH MEANS AS TALKS ON RADIO AND TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, SEA TURTLE QUIZZES, A SEA TURTLE STAMP COMPETITION, A NEVIS TURTLE GROUP LOGO COMPETITION AND THE HOSTING OF A NUMBER OF SEA TURTLE CAMPS DURING THE SUMMER VACATION. THESE CAMPS CATER TO CHILDREN NORMALLY RANGING BETWEEN THE YEARS OF 9 AND 16.

THE NEVIS TURTLE GROUP IS IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING AN ECOTOURISM PRODUCT IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE CONSERVATION WORK SUSTAINABLE. WHENEVER THE GROUP IS ABLE TO SECURE FUNDING FOR ITS PROGRAMME IT IS ABLE TO ALMOST DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF WORK DONE SUCH AS INCREASE THE NUMBER OF NESTING FEMALES AND FORAGING SEA TURLES TAGGED AND REDUCE POACHING OF SEA TURTLES OR THEIR EGGS. FUNDING ALLOWS THE NTG TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IT ENGAGES TO PATROL BEACHES AND TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF PUBLIC AWARENESS WORK DONE. YOUNG PERSONS RECEIVE TRAINING IN CONSERVATION WORK SO THAT A CADRE OF YOUNG PERSONS ARE PREPARED TO TAKE OVER THE CONSERVATION WORK. THESE ARE OFTEN CHILDREN THAT ARE STILL IN SCHOOL. FISHERMEN ARE ALSO ENGAGED TO ASSIST IN THE CONSERVATION EFFORTS AND A SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PRODUCT IS DEVELOPED THAT BENEFITS RESIDENTS ON THE ISLAND AND ATTRACTS MORE VISITORS TO NEVIS.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Nevis Turtle Group
Country:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 18,925.93
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 20,000.00
Project Number:
STK/SGP/OP5/Y5/CORE/16/5
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
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Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

Webbe's Ground
Gingerland ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Ilis Watts
Email:

Address

Conaree Village, Conaree, St. Kitts (temporary)