In a bid to protect endangered marine species, a local wildlife fund is calling on more organisations to get involved.
Through the Gulf Green Turtle Conservation project, Emirates Wildlife Society, in association with the World Wide Fun for Nature (EWS-WWF), has worked with partners in the UAE and Oman to protect green turtles in the region.
But the organisation is calling on more corporations to help achieve its aim of providing analysis of the turtles’ needs and identify key habitats by 2020.
Current partners include the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE).
Since launching the initiative in May, the group has gathered data on migration and feeding patterns as well as tagging 24 green turtles in vital nesting areas. Collected information will be used to make informed decisions for the future.
“Marine turtles fulfil important roles in marine ecosystems,” explained Marina Antonopoulou, marine programme leader at EWS-WWF.
“The partnerships we hold today in the UAE and Oman are critical as we drive the
course of conservation together; however, more support and funding are needed as we look to strengthen efforts on marine turtle conservation in the region.”