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Tortugas del Mar Foundation
Tortugas del Mar Foundation

The Tortugas del Mar Foundation was legally constituted in Colombia in 2014. It is a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Our mission is to contribute to the knowledge, recovery and conservation of sea turtle populations, and their associated ecosystems in the most critical areas of the Colombian Caribbean and Pacific, driven by scientific research, environmental education, and community and inter-institutional collaboration. The Foundation has been transferring knowledge for three years by promoting and executing environmental education and capacity-building activities aimed at community associations, governmental and non-governmental entities in key areas of sea turtle reproduction, to reduce anthropic pressure on these species in Colombia. Through the training of public entities, NGOs and communities, we have contributed to the strengthening of institutional and operational capacity on sea turtles in more than twenty public entities, eight NGOs, and five community associations for the development and improvement of conservation initiatives. We have directly sensitized some 18,000 tourists and residents on the Colombian Caribbean and Pacific coasts. In addition, 15,000 people have been sensitized through our social networks.

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The Eastern Pacific Leatherback Turtle Conservation Network started in 2012 when over thirty researchers, NGOs, and regional experts came together to develop an action plan to stabilize and restore the leatherback turtle population in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.