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Three marine turtle species occur in the Mediterranean Sea. The Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest here, while the huge Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is an occasional visitor, mainly in search for food.

These three species are included  in the List of Endangered and Threatened Species annexed to the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean.

In the IUCN RED List of Threatened Species, Green turtle is classified as globally “Endangered”, Loggerhead turtle as globally “Vulnerable” and Leatherback turtle as “Vulnerable”.  The Mediterranean sub-population of Loggerhead turtle is assessed as “Least Concern” (LC), but conservation dependent...

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09.12.2021 Sub Regional Training on Marine Turtle Rescue

Sub Regional Training on Marine Turtle Rescue

With the aim to reinforce sea turtles stranding monitoring, UNEP/MAP-SPA/RAC organised a sub-regional training on marine turtle rescue and networking ...

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12.11.2021 PRESS RELEASE: Experts meet to discuss sea turtle ...

PRESS RELEASE: Experts meet to discuss sea turtle ...

An online meeting was held on 4 November 2021 among Albanian experts and officials, within the framework of the project “Conservation of marine turt...

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22.10.2021 6th Steering Committee Meeting of the Project

6th Steering Committee Meeting of the Project "Con...

The 6th Steering Committee Meeting of the project “Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region” successfully took place on the 19...

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Marine Turtles in MPAs - A Monitoring and Management Guide

This guide aims to provide extensive but not exhaustive advice on factors to consider for the conservation of marine turtles within specific marine protected area settings, which are tailored to address the themes of species and habitat management.

The core of this guide is a suite of Decision Trees that systematically and progressively deal with the assessment and management process that an MPA authority should consider in order to ensure that any turtles present are protected from harm and their critical habitats are preserved in a state as to sustain turtles at or above current population levels.

You may download and read the Guide in English and French below.


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