A project of WWF/KWS Kenya Integrated Sea Turtle Conservation Program in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
|Name||Species||Life Stage||Release Date||Last Location||Days Transmitted|
|Bureni Beauty||Green Turtle||Adult||2009-10-28||2010-04-14||168|
|Kerubo||Green Turtle||Nesting Adult||2010-10-07||2010-12-05||59|
|Mama Kipini||Green Turtle||Adult||2010-05-29||2010-12-13||198|
|Mama Malindi||Green Turtle||Adult||2010-02-11||2010-07-02||141|
|Mama TCGs||Green Turtle||Adult||2010-03-16||2010-06-14||90|
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Kiunga Marine National Reserve's isolated beaches provide important nesting grounds and refuge for sea turtles in Kenya. The reserve has a healthy fringing coral reef in addition to being one of the few remaining unspoilt beaches in the country. The rich aquatic habitats support key marine species such as dugong, whales, and dolphins.
To improve current turtle conservation work, WWF and KWS are engaged in a joint marine turtle satellite tracking programme. It will provide knowledge to enhance ability to effectively protect and conserve marine turtle habitats. Information will also be collected on feeding, behaviour during migration and the preferred development habitat for juveniles.
With funding from the United States of Agency for International Development (USAID) WWF is pioneering marine turtle satellite tracking in East Africa through the Kenya Integrated Turtle Conservation Programme (KIST-Con). In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), WWF has up-scaled their marine turtle conservation initiatives in the Kiunga Marine National Reserve (KMNR) project which works to protect sea turtles at sea and on nesting beaches. It is planned that least fifteen satellite transmitters (Sirtrack Kiwisat 101 PTT) will be installed on sea turtles to accurately record global positioning among other inferred data.
KIST-Con Goals and Objectives:
Goal: To improve effective conservation and management practices through improved scientific knowledge of the ecology of sea turtles in Kenya and the region.
1. Improve management and conservation of natural resources along the Kenyan Coast through strategic use of scientific monitoring. WWF will:
„Ï Install satellite tags on selected marine turtles to gain information and knowledge on migratory patterns and identification of inter nesting habitats
„Ï Study and analyze population of turtle colonies in the inter nesting habitats
„Ï Identify and monitor turtle refugia and foraging grounds
„Ï Collect and collate data on turtle diseases and effect of climate change
2. Increase awareness and incentives for communities and private sector to monitor and safeguard turtles. WWF will:
„Ï Provide incentive for community turtle nest protection and hatchling monitoring
„Ï Establish turtle youth conservation groups to undertake ecotourism based income generating activities
„Ï Forge and strengthen partnership between government lead agencies and community to enhance turtle conservation and livelihoods opportunities emanating from conservation efforts
„Ï Leverage turtle conservation funds from the private (corporate) sector through adopt-a-tag programs
„Ï Establish turtle conservation sites/areas(sanctuaries/imbos) managed jointly by community and lead government agencies with support from private enterprises and investors (hotels and dive operators)
3. Scale-up monitoring and enforcement activities to priority areas (high threat, high potential), especially those areas where turtle protection groups are not yet functional. WWF will:
„Ï Provide relevant and reliable data to KESCOM and GoK lead agencies to enable them to implement workable solutions to biodiversity conservation
„Ï Strengthen the existing community policing initiatives with BMUs, lead agencies and other enforcement agencies
„Ï Enhance the capacity of enforcement agencies to effectively undertake their duties
„Ï Enhance the capacity of turtle youth groups to effectively participate in sea turtle conservation activities
„Ï Replicate turtle conservation youth groups within the Lamu Seascape in priority nesting sites
WWF, the global conservation organization, is one of the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with almost 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. For more information on WWF in eastern Africa, visit our website at www.panda.org/earpo
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is the statutory body charged with the responsibility of protection and conservation of the country's biodiversity as presented by its fauna and flora. KWS's role is as diverse as the country itself: conserve and manage Kenya's wildlife scientifically, responsively and professionally. For more information on KWS, visit our website at www.kws.org
The United States Agency for International Development -USAID,
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. We work in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.
For more information, please visit http://www.usaid.gov
Keane Family Foundation,