'A Turtle is Worth More Alive Than Dead'

Adams, Nalisha

Publisher:  Inter Press Service News Agency
Date Written:  26/11/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23140

Various participants at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya discuss ways they can sustainably economically benefit from the local environment.


The area of Matura is one of the few places in the world where the leatherback turtles nest. Sammy tells IPS that it is also easily accessible via a beach road, something which places the turtles at risk to poachers.

But in four years the community residents, who had formed a conservation organisation, were able to stop the slaughter of turtles, Sammy tells IPS. The residents themselves had been part of the problem initially, he adds.

"They changed because the community became part of the solution."

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