Nature Seekers’ Work in Matura
Nature Seekers annually engages in sea turtle monitoring, protection, and data collection along the 8.8-kilometres-long Matura beach during turtle nesting season. From March to August, the beach can host over 200 turtles per night. It is one of the last remaining strongholds for the species in the world.
How Age of Union Is Helping
For 35 years, Nature Seekers has accomplished tremendous in shifting the mentality of the community to protect the Leatherback turtles; however, climate change is a threat that keeps them at risk of extinction. To tackle the issue, Age of Union has pledged USD$1.5 million over 5 years to Nature Seekers, helping the organization elaborate strategies to:
- Patrol and protect the nesting site throughout the annual season to maintain or increase the survival rates of both adult and hatchling leatherback turtles.
- Collect data during nesting season to better understand the physical health of the nesting population.
- Understand the potential impacts of climate change on the turtle population at Matura and nesting site and create climate adaptation and/or mitigation plans
- Design and deploy artificial hatcheries to promote the survival of at-risk nests and allow for the collection of new data sets
- Increase community engagement and work towards providing opportunities for specific sustainable livelihood activities that align with conservation goals.