SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT
OF MARINE AND COASTAL ECOSSYSTEMS
In 2003, the NGO from São Tomé and Príncipe MARAPA (Sea, Environment and Artisanal Fisheries), created PROGRAMA TATÔ, with the purpose of protecting sea turtles. For years, MARAPA had the support of several national and international organizations. Over the years, Programa Tatô team has grown and the coordination team has been taking shape.
In 2018, everything changed, Programa Tatô was no longer just a project. The coordination team with the support and encouragement of its technical and financial partners decided to give more autonomy and sustainability to this program and created an international NGO, the ASSOCIATION PROGRAMA TATÔ, thus maintaining the name, already known by all communities, national authorities, civil society, as well as internationally.
WHERE WE ARE
On the island of São Tomé, this conservation program, develops its monitoring activities on 23 km of beach. 21 beaches are monitored in the north, east and south of the island, as well as on the beaches of Ilhéu das Rolas. In addition to the main nesting beaches, the feeding and resting areas of sea turtles off São Tomé Island are also monitored.
Programa Tatô also works in partnership with IBAP, the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas of Guinea Bissau, to share experiences and contribute to capacity building of Guinean actors in sea turtle conservation techniques and environmental education and awareness strategies.
AN INTEGRATED APPROACH INVOLVING LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Considering the challenges that sea turtle conservation faces in nowadays, we adopted an integrated approach essential to improve the protection and sustainable management of key sea turtle habitats (nesting beaches and feeding areas) by engaging key conservation leaders and young early biologists and conservationists in the activities of Programa Tatô through capacity building, but also through the development of alternative livelihoods linked to the enhancement of non-consumption of sea turtles and through the increase of coastal communities awareness and education.
With the especial support and participation of:
© 2018 by Associação Programa Tatô | São Tomé - Guinea Bissau - Portugal