News from the field : Cameroon Marine Turtles Platform
On August 10th and 11th, 2018, was held in Ebodje, a small village on the Cameroonian coast, the second meeting of the “Cameroon Marine Turtle Platform”.
With the support of the IUCN-PACO, through its Small-Scale Initiatives Program (PPI) now in its fifth phase, and the Network of Actors for the Conservation of Marine Turtles in Central Africa (RASTOMA), this platform constitutes an important institutional innovation throughout Cameroon, through its collaborative and integrated dimension.
This consultation platform is made up of 4 Cameroonian NGOs all working on the issue of marine turtle protection in Cameroon (ACBM, AMMCO, KUDATUBE and TUBE AWU), most of them being or having been partners of the PPI. This newborn network aims to support collaboration between these actors, particularly with a view to harmonizing practices but also influencing public policies in terms of marine and coastal development, particularly through the production of a national marine turtle report at the end of each season of laying. Two biannual meetings are now scheduled, one before and one at the end of each season of laying. The next platform meeting is scheduled for April 2019.
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