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Welcome to the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Website!

The IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding is an intergovernmental agreement concluded under the auspices of the UNEP / ‎Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). It aims to protect, conserve, replenish and recover marine turtles and their habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asian region, working in partnership with other relevant actors and organisations.


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LATEST: 28 May 2015
Pakistan: Students have a positive impact on the environment
WWF-Pakistan and Sui Southern Gas Co Ltd organised a trip to impart environmental education to 350 students. Activities included sessions on green turtles and cleaning of green turtle habitat.

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Opinion: The true value of sea turtles 26 May 2015

Photo: Associated PressAn article in the ‘Huffington Post online’ urges readers to remember the true value of sea turtles. The author, Wallace Nichols, welcomes the rise in the concept of ecosystem services as a valuing criteria for nature. The conversation around valuing nature is expanding quickly to include the cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits that are real drivers of the human-nature relationship. Nichols provides detail on some of the real but rarely described benefits of working with sea turtles. These include awe and wonder, solitude and privacy, creativity and aspiration. Nichols believes that there is no better place to experience these benefits than on a sea turtle beach. He predicts that in the not-so-distant future, medical professionals will prescribe two weeks of volunteering on a turtle beach for what ails their patients. More »

Moorea: Clinic saves sea turtles, also by changing minds 18 May 2015

Photo Michael Marek. http://www.dw.de/image/0,,18378882_403,00.jpgOn the picturesque South Pacific island of Moorea - the “pearl of the Pacific” — a special kind of hospital is helping marine turtles. The “sea turtle hospital”, founded in 2004 by the environmental organization Te Mana O Te Moana, aims to protect sick and injured sea turtles. The turtles are brought to Moorea from across French Polynesia, sometimes by tourists, police or fishermen. They are subject to hunting by well-organized poaching rings — and also eaten by locals. It is estimated that up to 1,000 animals are killed each season, for around 30,000 kilograms of meat. Today, environmental organizations such as Te Mana O Te Moana and the tourism industry work hand-in-hand. The group also raises awareness among young Polynesians on respecting sea life.  More »

Natural History: From fins to legs to fins again 11 May 2015

Smithsonian/Karen CarrWhales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles are members of an exceptional group of animals, called marine tetrapods, that have moved from the sea to the land and back to the sea again over the last 350 million years — each time making radical changes to their life style, body shape, physiology and sensory systems. What made these animals return to the ocean? According to Neil Kelley, researcher at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s department of paleobiology, “they followed their stomachs into the ocean.” Kelley is the lead author of a new scientific review that synthesized decades of scientific findings regarding the changes that these land species underwent in order to thrive in the marine environment.  More »

Madagascar’s first Community-Led Marine Protected Areas! 4 May 2015

Nosy Lava, one of the 16 islands of Ankarea Marine Park, one of three new marine protected areas created by the Government of Madagascar.The Government of Madagascar commemorated Earth Day with the formal creation of three community-led marine protected areas that will double the surface of the country’s marine protected area network, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). On April 21, the Malagasy Government granted permanent protection to 27 protected areas, including the country’s first three community-led marine protected areas. The three marine parks are located along the west coast of Madagascar in what is known as the Mozambique Channel, home to the world’s second-most diverse coral population. Together with the government and local communities, WCS has worked in these three sites over the last five years to develop and establish a new model for marine protected areas in Madagascar using a community-driven, science-based approach to safeguard corals, sea turtles, sharks, and whales. More »

Solomon Islands: Hawksbill turtles back in the fight 24 Apr 2015

ocal conservationists on the coast of the Arnavon Islands observe a tagged hawksbill sea turtle laying eggs on the beach. CREDIT: Bridget BesawA story by Dr. Rick Hamilton, Senior Scientist for the Melanesia Program of The Nature Conservancy, reports on how the indigenous owners of the Arnavons rookery in Solomon Islands, for whom marine turtles are of high traditional significance, strive to protect them. The Arnavons are home to the South Pacific’s largest rookery for endangered hawksbill sea turtles — a population that very nearly went extinct. A recent PLOS ONE paper indicates these turtles are, finally, recovering after 150 years of excessive exploitation — the only example of such a recovery in the region. The Arnavon turtles are not out of the woods yet, but thanks to the efforts of the Arnavon communities they are back in the fight. More »

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