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Strategic Management of Turtle Populations around Seychelles (Online Marine Turtle Database) -- Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles

Project: Strategic Management of Turtle Populations around Seychelles (Online Marine Turtle Database) -- Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles 
Country: Seychelles 
Organisation / Address: Marine Conservation Society - Seychelles
Po Box 1299
Telephone: +248 261511 
Fax: +248 261511 
E-mail address: info@mcss.sc 
Alternate email address:  
Web site address: www.mcss.sc and seychellesturtles.org 
Location(s) of main activity: Seychelles 
Project Summary: This project is funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is being implemented by the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS). It brings together stakeholders, from throughout Seychelles, who currently manage turtle rookeries into a partnership where they share data through an on-line database that informs the development of a Strategy and Action Plan.

This should improve the survival status of the Seychelles turtle populations by a clear strategic overview of the status of turtle rookeries and habitat and by better coordination of communications and activities between the various stakeholders. A Memorandum of Understanding between the partners has been developed by open and equitable consultation which clearly sets out the terms and conditions of information provision, sharing and use.

The programme has already held two national workshops for turtle rookery managers and under the guidance of marine turtle expert Dr. Jeanne Mortimer have run three field training days in monitoring and tagging techniques.

It is proposed that all partners will input data into a central on-line database which will also serve a dedicated web-site located separately from the MCSS web site (http://www.mcss.sc) that will link to this and other relevant web sites as deemed appropriate by the stakeholders. The web site will contain pages that can be viewed by the public at large which will present information on Seychelles turtle populations in an informative and visually attractive manner; it will also contain all relevant information and documents pertaining to the project. The site will also have a secure area where stakeholders will be able to generate reports on their data and compare this with the compiled and aggregated data for the entire project.

The system will also compile reports on the national trends with respect to the turtle species monitored for the wise advice of the Strategy and Action Plan and to help fulfil National reporting requirements under international agreements such as the IOSEA turtle agreement.

This project instigates long term strategic action to conserve and where possible rehabilitate key marine turtle populations. The strategy will elaborate conservation and eco-tourism plans and thereby develop a real value for the living animal as well as enhancing their conservation status. 
Project Started: July 2003
Project Ended:
Reports / Information material: Torti de Mer, the quarterly newsletter on MCSS turtle conservation projects and other turtle projects in Seychelles, published by MCSS.

Marine Conservation news, the Biannual newsletter on MCSS marine conservation projects and other projects in Seychelles, published by MCSS.

Integrated Approach to Turtle Management: Poster presentation by MCSS to Atmosphere, Ecology, Ocean Dynamics in the Western Indian Ocean, for the Royal Society, London, January 2004. 
Planned activities: Please see Project Description document 
Collaborators: Banyan Tree Resort Seychelles, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Denis Island Lodge, Bird Island Lodge, Chalet D’Anse Forbans, Cousine Island, Global Vision International, Islands Conservations Society. See 'Other' for the rest of collaborators. 
Budget available:  
Current Sponsors: British Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Banyan Tree Green Imperative Fund.  
Past Sponsors:  
Information contributed by: Elke Talma and David Rowat, MCSS 
Info last updated: 17 March 2008 
Other: Islands Development Company; Constance Lemuria Resort, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR), Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology - Marine Parks Authority (SCMRT-MPA); Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF); Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa, Victoria Computer Services, Xanadu Hotel.  
Additional text/image: P0220.doc

UNEP © IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Secretariat, c/o UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific,
United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
Tel: + (662) 288 1471 ; Fax: + (662) 288 3041 / 288 1029; E-mail: IOSEA Secretariat
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