Atuh beach, Nusa Penida, July 18, 2013 – “If we don’t care about our planet, we don’t care about ourselves,” says Friends of the National Parks Foundation donor and supporter Douglas Herst, at the opening of our new turtle guard post on Nusa Penida island.
The Seacology board director, who is based in Berkeley US, came to Bali recently to attend the dedication ceremony for a turtle guard post at Atuh Beach, in Pelilit village.This project arose after villagers spotted turtles, which are endangered, landing on their beach, especially every full moon. FNPF, an Indonesian conservation not-for-profit organization, built the guard post, with funding from Seacology, and dedicated it to the village so they could help monitor turtle activities.
FNPF will visit the post every full moon to observe and research turtle movements in the local area. Along with protecting the sea turtle, we want to build awareness among the community about the environment and to encourage them to preserve this endangered species.
“I am glad that everything is running well and some of the obstacles we’ve had have been overcome. If anyone from these villages sees any turtle eggs, we would really appreciate if they could let FNPF know,” says Dr Bayu Wirayudha, FNPF’s Founder and Director. “We will collect any eggs and take them to our hatchery in the village of Ped. When the eggs are ready to hatch we will return them to Atuh Beach.”
Mr Herst, during his speech to the village leaders and the community at the opening on 20 June, thanked people for protecting the turtle eggs. “The health of the turtles represent the health of humankind, and the fact that you are protecting the turtle here is very important for our children and the next generation.”
We hope to see this project expand, with many turtles saved, and the village prospering. If you would like to support the village and help them protect their environment, through a donation or volunteering, then please visit www.fnpf.org for more information.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact FNPF’s Communication Manager Kirana Agustina on (+62361) 977978 or at : firstname.lastname@example.org.