The idea is simple: support a system of ecoguard patrollers to prevent poaching and raise awareness at the local level. By creating employment, we efficiently preserve the species on this ancestral spawning site.
Since 2010, The Swiss Cetacean Society –SCS, in association with the Fondation Ensemble (Together Foundation) and Earth and Wildlife Association (l’association Terre et Faune), support the work of a local team from the Ulanga Ngadizja association. Mohamed Said Hassani has a Doctorate in Chemistry and is a researcher in the Faculty of Science of the University of Comoros and others. His team consists of 4 ecoguards , including 1 woman.
The support of the SCS has ensured the operation of the local office, the salaries of the work team, their initial training and the production of a documentary.
Daily patrols are organized to protect the turtles and their eggs from poaching.
The work conducted over recent years has helped us compile a series of summaries describing scientific observations, this basic, yet valuable data still has to be processed.
Mr Said Hassani and his team have encouraged improved communication and information for local people (fishermen, villagers , government , children, media) to sensitize the local population to the fact that it is in their own interest to keep the turtles. That their role in the ecosystem is essential to ensure plenty of fishing, an essential source of local income. The possible ecotourism development could also be an alternative source of income.
Once launched, the project to protect the green turtle maintained by Ulanga Njazidja obtained environmental funding from "small grants" (specific program of the United Nations Development Programme or UNDP), receiving the amount required to build bungalows and a multipurpose room (also House of Turtle ) for tourism which have yet to be developed.
Only a few years ago, turtles had no chance of returning to sea on these very beaches and today they are timidly returning to them, renewing their faith in humanity.
Remarkable work was undertaken by the Ulanga Njazidja Association to achieve the objectives of raising awareness and preservation.
Most importantly, we have guided the return of the Green Turtle on their ancestoral spawning grounds for now and forever.
The foundation work just waiting to germinate are asked.
SCS wants to continue its collaboration with Ulanga Njazidja offering logistical support at the international level.
CONTINUATION OF PROJECT ISTHREATENED, like the baby turtle that journeys from its hatched egg to the ocean.
While we are witnessing the return of Turtles, funds are shrinking and
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