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The Pacsafe Turtle Fund 2015

We haven’t forgotten our roots. Initially inspired by the sea turtle and its independent global wanderings, we believe in sustainability and doing everything we can to work with local communities at grass roots levels to ensure the sea turtle doesn’t become the next Dodo.

By outsmarting the threats they face, we’ll help to protect their natural habitats, focus on breeding programmes and help raise awareness to save this intrepid, adventurous and majestic creature.

The newly launched Pacsafe Turtle Fund opened its grant up to sea turtle conservation projects around the world. We received over 20 applications from reputable NGO’s and conservation groups spanning the likes of Costa Rica, Mauritius, Micronesia and Kenya to Panama, Malaysia, Sri-Lanka & beyond. There were many notable and worthwhile projects and out of the 21 applications received, Pacsafe chose to support not just 1 but 3 projects for 2015! Each project was selected for its innovative sustainable approach to Turtle Conservation, research and education. 


The Pacsafe Turtle Fund new 2015 Projects

Corcovado. The Rio Oro Project 

The Corcovado Foundation in Costa Rica strives to protect wilderness areas, promote environmental education, responsible tourism and community development compatible with the sustainable use of natural resources in the Osa Peninsula and Southern Costa Rica. Most recently, the sea turtle program has protected the beaches in Drake Bay from illegal egg poaching. The past success and community led conservation model used at Drake Bay will now be applied to a new conservation site in Río Oro where 2,500 nests are laid by Olive Ridley, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles (making it one of the most important nesting beaches for Green turtles on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica). The Ministry of Environment (MINAET) has specifically invited the Corcovado Foundation to protect the sea turtle populationat Río Oro, and Pacsafe’s funding will go to supporting the preservation of the Río Oro National Wildlife Refuge and establishing a newsea turtle conservation program, which will:

 

  • Establish a new field stationand volunteer program.
  • Protect over 80% of nests, characterize nesting populations, implement environmental education, and engage with local communities to emulate the success of the community-led conservation activities achieved in Drake Bay.

  • Support the development of community infrastructure, community-based tourism enterprises, and the implementation of best environmental practices.

  • Engage with local sea turtle conservation and development associations and provide training and resources in order to educate local communities.

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Sea Turtle Conservancy. Tour de Turtles 

Pacsafe has joined forces with one of the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation organisations – The Sea Turtle Conservancy – whose key aim is to protect and recover sea turtle populations in U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. This mission is achieved through the use of long-term research, monitoring and protection programs at critical nesting sites; and through training programs for aspiring biologists; and capacity-building and education programs within the communities they work. Pacsafe will be sponsoring their Tour de Turtles Education Program which is part of their public outreach program which has been running for the past 7 years. The Tour de Turtles Migration program was started in 2008 as an educational component to STC's ongoing satellite-tracking of sea turtles and monitors hawksbills in Nevis, leatherbacks in two areas in Panama, green turtles in Tortuguero, Costa Rica and juvenile greens in Bermuda. The turtles "race" is a 3-month migration marathon which will: 

  1. Garner a better understanding of migration routes and foraging grounds
  2. Improve local community outreach in three different locations: Nevis, Costa Rica, Panama. The annual turtle race launch attracts thousands of people
  3. Educate the public about sea turtles through the Tour de Turtles website, free multimedia resources, online maps, games, educational activities and lesson plans. Education is an important tool in the conservation of sea turtles because so many of the threats they face are man-made.
  4. Deploy satellite transmitters on post-nesting adult females in Panama, Costa Rica, Nevis and Florida.

Pro Fauna Baja. The Turtle Research App 

Pro Fauna Baja is a society of researchers dedicated to promoting conservation of endangered and endemic species in Baja California Sur, Mexico through public outreach, academic field guidance, and data collection.  ProFaunaBaja has been coordinating research activities on sea turtle nest monitoring with ASUPMATOMA and the University of Baja California Sur for the past three years.  Projects incorporate statistical analysis, public outreach about sea turtle conservation and academic field training. They now want to expand to include recording in-water activity with international boaters. 

The overall goal of this project is to build a Smart Phone application to report sea turtle sightings. It will be the first of its kind to combine data collection with public outreach.   This app will help scientists better understand the migration, habitat use, and population trends of sea turtles on a global level. The app will be piloted for the Pacific Ocean through outreach and training with approximately 50 sailboaters from the U.S. and Canada with the aim of getting the app into the hands of international sailboaters & private yachts, tour operators, SCUBA divers and university & government research  vessels.  Data will be shared with SWOT (State of the Worlds Sea Turtle) who manage, house & share sea turtle data on a global basis.   Pacsafe will be supporting and sponsoring the development of this new piece of innovative technology that also aims to:  

  1. Educate the international boating community and get them to be ambassadors for conservation in their own communities.  This group can have a global impact as they travel the world connecting conservation efforts with coastal communities they visit.
  2. Act as an anonymous tipster site which will let people report on groups or places that are selling sea turtle meat & eggs or where sea turtles are being poached.  This will  help strengthen efforts to "crack down" on poaching and help marine managers protect known areas of high density turtles. 
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How the Pacsafe Turtle Fund works
How to Apply for Funding

The Pacsafe Turtle Fund was launched this May, 2014 with the aim of donating funds annually to projects around the world that conserve the most endangered turtle species on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list, such as the leatherback, loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles.

Seeing some of these critically endangered species come off the IUCN red list is part of Pacsafe’s long-term vision and we’re committed to a world with healthy oceans and coastlines where all marine turtles, can travel and flourish in a safe, secure and clean environment.

Non-profit sea turtle organisations can apply to us for grants and funds to help support the conservation of sea turtles in their country. We currently select 1 project per year to fund and the project selected is at the sole discretion of the Pacsafe Management Team who also reserves the right to seek advice from outside field experts.

Applications for 2016 funding will run from 1st August – 31st August, 2015

For a project criteria checklist and application form, please contact us.

   

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