Cruzinha da Garça is considered one of the most important nesting grounds for the sea turtle in Cape Verde. Associação Comunitária Nova Experiência Marítima da Cruzinha da Garça seeks alternative forms of local marine resource use that allow for conservation of the endangered sea turtle. The project is included in INDP, a regional initiative for the involvement of fishing communities in the conservation of marine turtles and their habitat. Conservation and sustainable livelihoods work extends to the islands of São Nicolau, Santo Antao and Sao Vicente. The long-term objective of the INDP umbrella initiative is to expand this conservation model to other fishing communities in the vicinity, creating a regional observatory based on community co-management and marine turtle conservation.
In 2010, the Associação Comunitária Nova Experiência Marítima da Cruzinha da Garça won the Equator Prize which is awarded biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This video was created as part of our Biodiversity for Local Livelihoods project.
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