Zanzibar – Il Marine Turtle Conservation Pond

Lo scopo del Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond, creato nel 1993 by Eco & Culture Tours NGO è quello di conservare la popolazione delle tartarughe di Zanzibar, salvandole dalle reti dei pescatori, insegnando a quest’ultimi le modalità per prevenirne la cattura involontaria, proteggere i nidi e promuovere l’educazione alla conservazione dell’ecosistema marino presso la popolazione locale. Il progetto aperto alla visita da parte dei turisti è quindi anche una fonte di sostegno economico per gli abitanti  incoraggia i locali a portare avanti l’iniziativa di conservazione e protezione combinando il turismo sostenibile con la salvaguardia ambientale.

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the marine turtle’s pond

Il centro si trova a Mnarani (“il luogo del faro” in Swahili) nel villaggio di Nungwi.

L’area è organizzata in diverse zone: due piscine artificiali per le giovani tartarughe, una “infermeria” e lo stagno principale dove si trovano tartarughe adulte. le due specie autoctone dell’isola sono la Green turtle e la Hawksbill turtle, entrambe catalogate a rischio di estinzione. E’ illegale ucciderle, catturarle ed esportarne qualsiasi prodotto.

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“Infermeria”

Solitamente le tartarughe vengono tenute nelle piscine fino alla loro completa guarigione e vengono poi rilasciate nell’oceano dopo essere stata opportunamente schedate ai fini di ricerca. Questo evento avviene il 20 di febbraio di ogni anno.

If you are in Nungwi please visit Mnarani Pond to support this project and the conservation of Zanzibar’s turtles! 

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Green turtles
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Green turtles

 

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9 thoughts on “Zanzibar – Il Marine Turtle Conservation Pond

  1. I always like to hear about good community-driven conservation efforts. Like Pranjal mentioned above, there’s a big need for them.

    Of course community-driven conservation projects aren’t easy, and they must be well-planned in order to make sure they don’t backfire. I’m also beginning to suspect that some government agencies are taking advantage of the need for people-centered conservation to push for their own, political agendas. I hate to make accusations, but when “people-centered conservation” is used to justify decisions that don’t align with basic science one has to wonder…

    So the moral of the story is that community-driven conservation is definitely a good thing. But it must be undertaken carefully, and it must not be used to further unhelpful political agendas.

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    1. Josh, thank you very much for your comment and your valuable opinion. I hope with all my heart this is not the case. I saw a great commitment there with local people and volunteers really fond of what they were doing for the sake of the turtles!

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      1. I’m glad to hear that! The vast majority of people-centered conservation projects are excellent: both for humans and non-human animals. There’s only a few that I wonder about, so there’s probably not much need to worry 🙂

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  2. São Tomé e Príncipe , on the opposite side of Africa on the Atlantic Ocean is trying to implement a similar program , and enrolling the locals on the protection of the Turtles , a difficult thing to do has they traditionally depended economically from the capture of the Turtles.

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    1. Dear Turtle, I knew you would have appreciated this post 😉 I hope they will succeed in implementing their program..maybe it could be useful if they would discuss and compare their methods with a similar conservation project!

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