Actions, Activities, Projects from May 2011 on

Overall Objective:
COMMUNAL AND LEGAL POLICY CHANGE
CONCERNING TURTLE AND NATURE PROTECTION


Objective 1: Awareness Building and Education

Project: Kaptan June's Hut

Timeline: up and running…

Description:
The famous beach hut is a tool as well as a project on it own, since it is the foundation's main public relations centre. Here we reach interested people, residents and visitors alike, can talk to them, give them information and material and they can meet Kaptan June and our volunteers, have a chat, go away with a souvenir and the nice feeling to have done something good…

Needs: volunteers, print material (brochures, posters, leaflets), tasteful sea turtle related souvenirs, communication tools for volunteers and other interested parties

Progression: print material and communication tools are well on their way, a group of volunteers is working in the hut, further funds are always needed…

Project: Environmental Education for Children and Adults

Timeline: started…

Description:
Two branches are planned, one includes print material for children, like colouring books, story books etc. and school education in the form of little lectures in the schools; the other branch addresses adults and stakeholder groups, like tour boat captains, fishermen, local administrations and decision makers to provide the required knowledge and lobby for policy changes.

Needs: volunteers (lecturers, knowledgeable personnel), print material (brochures, posters, leaflets, presentations, booklets), further funds are needed…

Progression: print material and communication tools have been produced and are being distributed. In total 6.000 children's books, 20.000 brochures and a lot of other pr-material like posters and flyers.


Objective 2: Pilot Projects and Demonstration Activities

Project: Propeller Guards for Tour Boats

Timeline: started…

Description:
Stainless steel propeller guards are mounted over the tour boat propellers like cages, preventing them to further slash sea and other turtles (like the Nile Turtles and other Freshwater Turtles in the Dalyan River). The pilot project aims for setting a good example and compelling data about injured turtles. We hope that our example will bring a policy change towards an obligation to mount propeller guards.

Needs: meetings with tour boat operators and captains, willingness to have propeller guards mounted, funds…

Progression: Up to now 26 guards (see list) are mounted, we hope for the required support to fix more boats with them. Unfortunately a great part of the boat owners are not really cooperatıve, mounted guards have been taken away. Still waiting for certification of the prop-gards by Turkish Lloyd.


Objective 3: Data Compilation

Project: Data Compilation about Sea Turtle Habitats and Threats (direct and indirect)

Timeline: on-going…

Description:
Contemporary protection measures do not focus on the species alone as has been done for a long time, but on the conservation of their habitats, the catchments areas of their life cycle and if possible, the whole eco system. Therefore we are compiling new data of the Dalyan Basin to be compared with formerly collected data about biodiversity and habitats.

Needs: Field research (time and material), cooperations with other researchers, funds…

Progression: most of it is already in planning, the actual research will be done periodically over a longer time


Objective 4: Direct and Indirect Policy Demands

Project: Advocacy and Lobbying

Description:
This part consists of the sum and results of nearly all other activities and projects. Every little morsel, every result is used for a change in policy for a more effective Loggerhead and habitat protection. It involves many parties, all stakeholders and decision makers as well as every single volunteer.

Needs: Analyses of all material, time and print material, communication tools, media work, funds…

Progression: always and ever ongoing, from visits to the Governor of the Muğla Province to PR actions, from project writing to media work…

Project: Documentary Film

Timeline: started…

Description:
An offer by a well versed documentary film to produce a piece about the Loggerheads in Dalyan has been made. We did get the necessary permissions, but lack the full funding for this ambitious project.

Needs: funding…

Progression: planning process