Conservationists recently took a major step forward in their efforts to protect green turtles in the Coral Triangle with the establishment of a ‘turtle corridor’ in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, which encompasses the territorial waters of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia and is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the Coral Triangle.
One of the major challenges in conserving marine species – or even getting accurate data about them – is that they tend to ignore borders. For migratory species like the endangered green turtle, localized Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are not enough: turtle numbers are declining despite significant funds going towards their conservation.
The Marine Turtle Protected Area Network (MTPAN) aims to reverse this trend by connecting four MPAs in the Philippines as a first step towards establishing a transboundary network of safe havens for turtles across the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape – home to one of the biggest nesting populations of green turtles in the world.
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