Case studies
Community-based conservation program of three endangered Amazon River turtle species with Peruvian and Colombian indigenous communities

The program was born as a local initiative and since 2008 has been supporting Local Conservation Groups (LCGs) in indigenous communities of Colombia and Peru in the conservation of three Amazon River turtle species.

Equipo Tora Carey

Equipo Tora Carey (ETC) is an NGO working in Costa Rica to mobilise and empower local communities to help reduce the destruction of coastal marine habitats and species.

Community Conservation of Chapara River-turtles in Ecuador

In 2008, WCS Ecuador started collaborating with nine indigenous communities and the Ministry of the Environment to protect charapa river-turtle populations in Yasuní National Park.

Saving Sea Turtles

Sea turtles around the world are threatened with extinction. In Central America, sea turtle eggs are taken from beaches and sold on the black market and later eaten as a delicacy. Turtle egg poachers usually come from rural coastal communities.

Turtle Watch

Sea turtle poaching along the Kenya coast is a dire problem. It is estimated that the majority of sea turtles caught as by-catch are killed, as well as facing the threat of targeted poaching.

Our Lake, Our Life: Community-based conservation for livelihood development in Lake Ossa

The project ‘Our Lake, Our Life’ was implemented in 2014 by Zoological Society London (ZSL) and other partners in Cameroon to address threats to the Lake Ossa wildlife reserve.

HUTAN - Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme

In 1998, HUTAN, a French NGO, partnered with the Sabah Wildlife Department in Malaysian Borneo to establish the Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme.

Conserving Marine Turtles in the Eastern Pacific of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is home to globally important populations of threatened marine turtles and two of just nine mass nesting arribada beaches worldwide are found here. Poaching of eggs and killing of hawksbills for their shells has been a serious threat to these species in Nicaragua.