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First hatching of Green turtles in southwest Madagascar as a direct result of conservation efforts23/08/2008 23:58:28 August 2008. The emergence of 92 live hatchlings marks the success of an awareness-raising campaign launched by Blue Ventures two years ago. This aims to find and protect turtle nests along a 50km stretch of coastline south of Morombe.
The hatching of Green Turtles in southwest Madagascar has been witnessed by marine conservationists working for British charity, Blue Ventures Conservation.
In a move unprecedented in southwest Madagascar, residents of the remote village of Lamboara have now voted to protect surrounding beaches, outlawing turtle nest raiding and targeted turtle fishing.
Education paying dividends
Blue Ventures had been working with the community in Lamboara to guard the nest. A local fisherman reported it after hearing about the organisation's initiative offering a reward for information on nesting activity.
"This is a really important time for me," says the beach's guardian, Lamboaran resident Sosy Kadioke. "When I brought the only two dead hatchlings into the village it was the first time people had ever seen baby turtles."
The Green Turtle - Conservation threats
"We thought there were no turtles nesting here anymore. But saving this nest has prompted the village to help preserve a species," says Gough. "Our experience of work in this region is that when one village chooses to do something, others follow. Village presidents from elsewhere are already showing an interest in the turtle project."
Last year Blue Ventures' work with the neighbouring village of Andavadoaka received the United Nations Development Programme's prestigious Equator Prize for efforts to conserve local biodiversity and alleviate poverty.
Community-based marine protected area network