Turtle Biodiversity Conservation Through the Active Participation of the Ma' Daerah Community
MEKAR's project aims to ensure that local environmental issues that affect the biodiversity and Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) of Ma' Daerah are addressed in addition to mitigating the loss of the marine landscape and coastal waters of Ma' Daerah. The project will carry out a capacity building, awareness and education programme through community mobilization and active participation with the overall goal to protect and manage the Green Turtle population of Ma' Daerah and their key habitats, through measures that are socially acceptable and sustainable in the long-term by the local community, other stakeholders as well as the governement. The programmes proposed in this project will equip the local community with the skills to relate turtle conservation to their daily actions (e.g. the ways ecotourism can be developed through turtle conservation, how to reduce by-catch that might result in damage to their nets, the reasons o conserve the biodiversity of their area so that benefits can be reaped, etc.) resulting in the cnservation of the biodiversity of the area to ensure a viable and sustained population of Green Turtles in Ma' Daerah for the future.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: Persatuan Khazanah Rakyat Ma' Daerah
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 3
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 16,042.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 9,205.00
Project Number: MAL/OP3/2/06/FP-55
Start Date: 11/2006
End Date: 8/2009
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
It is a global concern for the general state of the marine environment and the effects on marine biodiversity. A series of roadshows will increase the awareness of the local communities residing in and around the areas of Paka-Kerteh-Kemasek on the importance of marine conservation, particularly of the marine turtles, while children are quick to adopt good conservation values through such exposures.
Policy Impact
It is hoped that through a concerted voice from local communities, more government effort to protect and conserve turtle nesting sites would be put in place while the collecting and selling of turtle eggs for consumption would cease, for the conservation and future of marine turtles.
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