The zone near the Tai National Park and La Forêt classée de la Haut Dodo in Côte d’Ivoire is of high value, for spawning and growth of several species of marine turtles such as hawksbills, leatherback turtle, green turtle and olive turtles. However, uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources, deforestation, poaching and illegal fishing are putting pressure on these species and their habitat.
Through this project, the local NGO, Conservation des Espèces Marines, will work closely with local and national stakeholders to create a Marine Protected Area in the area, which will be the first to exist in the country. It will target mainly villages located on the riverside such as Mani, Pitiké and Kablake, and is expected to lead to an increased population of marine turtles and other water species.
Strategic Direction:3 Safeguard priority globally threatened species by identifying and addressing major threats and information gaps