Helping Green and Olive Ridley Turtles in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

  • Location
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  • Age Level
    11 to 13 Years
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

Poaching of turtle eggs is a huge problem along the coastal belt of Sri Lanka and is especially true of Hikkaduwa. Many of the hatcheries are private businesses and do not have funding to purchase eggs from poachers during periods of low tourist income. Eggs are therefore sold for food on the back market. Additionally pollution is a concern on beaches frequented by nesting turtles. Plastic and other harmful debris litter the beaches because there is no program in place to conduct regular cleanups.

Our Plan

1. Raise funding to help hatcheries purchase eggs from poachers. 2. Work with hatcheries to promote in-situation hatching of eggs rather than removing eggs from the nests 3. Organize regular beach cleanups with community help 4. Educate the community on the importance of beach cleanliness for tourism and conservation of turtles.

Themes Addressed

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    Biodiversity Loss
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    Endangered Species
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The Benefit

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