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Watamu Turle Watch Nest Protection Programme

Aimee Barnes, Matthew Ebright, Emily Gaskin and William Strain

The Nest Protection Programme in Watamu Beach, Kenya
was established in 1997. The program was created in
response to the decimation of the reproductive capacity of the
local turtle population, due primarily to turtle egg poaching
from the Watamu nesting site. It was estimated that prior to
the implementation of the program, 100% of all turtle eggs
were harvested annually. This case study looks at the ways that social and environmental problems are addressed through this program.

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