The Bulletin de la Société Herpétologique de France (Bulletin of the Herpetological Society of France) has published, in its issue number 139-140 of December 2011, the proceedings of the first Colloque sur les Tortues marines en France métropolitaine et d'outre-mer (Symposium on Marine Turtles in metropolitan France and overseas departments): Bull. Soc. Herp. Fr. (2011) 139-140.
This informative 176-page publication, written mostly in French with abstracts in English, compiles 14 presentations made during the symposium which was held in Paris from 20-22 January 2010. The symposium itself was a unique gathering of French marine turtle expertise from across the globe, and it merits repetition in a similar format in the coming years. More »
The United States’ Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 was signed into law on 2 July 2004. The act established a funding mechanism to assist in the conservation of marine turtles and their nesting habitats in foreign countries. In addition to funds appropriated by the United States’ Government, the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund – which is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service – has successfully leveraged additional resources for turtle conservation from an array of domestic and international partners.
From 2005-2011, the MTCF has provided grants to support projects in the Indian Ocean – South-East Asia region totaling some USD 1.98 million. This represents approximately 26% of the total MTCF funding made available for international marine turtle conservation projects in all regions. Projects in 16 countries (almost all of them IOSEA Signatory States) have benefited from the programme. Since its inception, nearly 200 grants have been allocated worldwide, including 39 in 2011. IOSEA itself has been awarded three grants to support the organisation of meetings of IOSEA Signatory States; as well as a grant towards the first phase of the IOSEA Technical Support and Capacity Building Programme. More »
FROM THE SECRETARIAT
Lots of interesting reading this month, beginning with a profile of the valuable marine turtle conservation work being conducted in Tanzania by the NGO Sea Sense. The Message Board contains updates on activities carried out by other partners scattered across the region.