Gulf Green Turtle Conservation | WWF

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In May 2016, EWS-WWF launched a groundbreaking marine conservation initiative – Gulf Green Turtle Conservation - with the goal of conserving endangered marine turtles (sea turtles) and critical marine habitats in the UAE and wider region.
This follows the success of the Marine Turtle Conservation Project which ran from 2010 to 2014 . Over a period of four years, we followed the journeys of 75 female Hawksbill Turtles from the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Iran which helped identify Important Turtle Areas (ITAs) for marine turtle conservation and contributed towards recommendations for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as a fundamental component of the UAE’s marine conservation agenda.

By 2020, Gulf Green Turtle Conservation will provide the best picture of regional turtle ecology in the world and enable the identification of the marine habitats critical to their survival.
This is a direct result of the research undertaken in the Gulf Green Turtle Project, which will provide science-based information to governments and policymakers essential to make informed decisions to protect green turtles and their habitats.

The research project is supported and promoted by public facing awareness raising on the importance of marine turtles, the ambassadors of our seas, who act as an indicator of the health of our marine environment. Additionally, it will highlight the interconnectivity between humans, turtles and the marine environment. 

Gulf Green Turtle Conservation would not be possible without the support and commitment of our project and research partners and funding from our sponsors, who are critical to enable our work protecting marine species and critical habitats in the UAE. If you would like to find out how to become a sponsor please click here.

Why green turtles matter
  • Threatened with extinction
Marine turtle (also known as sea turtle) populations around the globe are threatened with extinction. With increased coastal development, urbanisation and industrialisation, the global population of marine turtles (or sea turtles) is in decline. Nowadays, critical measures are urgently needed to safeguard the few remaining turtle nesting, feeding and breeding sites on beaches and at sea; as well as their migratory pathways.
Two out of the seven species of marine turtles (sea turtles), the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), occur in Gulf waters. Worldwide, the IUCN Red List (IUCN 2008) lists the hawksbill turtle as critically endangered and the green turtle as endangered. At the local and regional level the stocks of these species are threatened and the number of foraging habitats and nesting grounds are continually declining.
  • Ambassadors of our seas
Marine turtles are the ambassadors of our seas; they act as an indicator of the health of our marine environment. By learning about marine turtles, we understand more about the status of our seas and can better protect them for all.

What are our objectives

Gulf Green Turtle Conservation has 4 main objectives:
  • To help identify critical habitats and behavior patterns that will drive turtle conservation in the UAE and wider region
  • To provide key stakeholders and decision makers with science-based research to inform and guide marine turtle and wider marine conservation policies and strategic plans
  • To help raise awareness of the important role turtles play in the wider marine environment
  • To secure funding through sponsors who will support us in our efforts to conserve endangered marine species, such as marine turtles, and critical habitats in the UAE
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