Ecuador updates its action plan for the conservation of sea turtles

Ecuador updates its action plan for the conservation of sea turtles

January 27, 2021, 2:43 am

The Ministry of Environment and Water of Ecuador (MAAE), through the support of WildAid, and financing from the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), updated the action plan for the conservation of sea turtles in Ecuador 2020 – 2030.

This document is valid for 10 years and seeks to strengthen the conservation management of sea turtles and the habitats that support them.

The plan is a technical tool that will enable conservation initiatives for these species, through the implementation of lines of action such as: conserving nesting, reproduction, migration and feeding areas; reduce the impact of threats in the environment towards sea turtles; contribute to international efforts; the strengthening of technical capacities of the personnel of this portfolio of the State, NGOs of investigation and conservation, the academy and the citizenship.

The MAAE, as the governing body of biodiversity, is in charge of the control and application of current environmental regulations, and through its partners, it also conducts research, monitoring and technical, logistical and financial support. The MAAE also maintains alliances with entities which they support with the control as: the Cantonal Governments, the Port Captains and the National Police.

Experts have identified that sea turtles, a species that lives between 70 and 80 years, are prone to population decline. There are threats that affect its longevity – some occur in the marine and terrestrial environment; being a migratory reptile is also a factor, as there are problems that arise in transboundary and transversal environments, such as [impacts of] climate change.

Most species of sea turtles in all oceans are under some degree of threat, and that includes species found in Ecuadorian jurisdictional waters. (I)

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