Sea turtles and eco-tourism
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CTA. 2006. Sea turtles and eco-tourism. Spore 123. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/48063
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Protecting threatened sea turtles with the goal of developing sustainable tourism...
Protecting threatened sea turtles with the goal of developing sustainable tourism. The challenge was launched at the First International Conference on Sea Turtles, held in January 2006 in São Tomé and Príncipe. The island already boasts a number of community-based eco-tourism projects. It is also active in spreading awareness about the fragile nature of São Tomé s biodiversity and enforces strict controls on turtle-based products. Several thousand kilometres away, in the Indian Ocean, the Comoros Island Moheli has also succeeded in combining the protection of sea turtles with eco-tourism. Once mercilessly poached for their shells and meat, these creatures are now seen as a real trump card for islanders, who have grouped themselves into community associations. Activities such as renting out rooms by the sea, and organising sessions to observe egg-laying in the company of an eco-guide are generating revenues which have so far funded the creation of a system to provide fresh drinking water as well as the construction of a number of public buildings. The goal is to increase the influx of tourists fivefold; at present, the annual number of visitors is just 400. MARAPA Mar Ambiente e Pesca Artesanal CP 292, Sao Tome Sao Tome and Príncipe Fax: +239 91 66 81 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Eco-tourism office in Moheli Email: email@example.com Website: www.moheli-tourisme.com/index.html