For the past 15 years, the Sea Turtle population has been under threat from fishing and egg predation by local population. Three species of the protected sea turtles are nesting on India’s West Coast and all of them are endangered species and increasing threats caused by humans could drive them to extinction.
With an effort to protect these endangered species, we are working along a 60 kilometre stretch of the beach in the south and north of Kundapur, Karnataka state. The work is focused on protection and conservation of sea turtle, by promoting awareness about the eco-system and addressing environmental related issues.
The following awareness activities will take place between October to January:
1. Interaction with the fisherman community, mural painting in the fisherman’s locality and joining beach cleaning campaign
2. Awareness sessions to school children through presentation, clay competition and drawing competition
During February and March the participants will be involved in the following activities if the sea turtle nests are found.
a. Building hatcheries
b. Maintaining the hatcheries till the baby turtle is released in the ocean.
Kundapur : Kundapur, also known by the local name Kundapura, is a town situated near the beach, on the west coast of Karnataka state, and in close proximity to the Western Ghats – India’s prime zone for bio-diversity and known for its varied animal and plant species.
The program will start with a week-long orientation, which will prepare you for the rest of your stay in India. The on-arrival orientation will be held at Kundapur.
Once a month, we organise a cultural meeting for all volunteers to discuss your progress, share your experiences and challenges encountered. It is a great opportunity to reconnect and use each other as a resource network to manage your projects. You will also have one-to-one on-site supervision by our coordinators to ensure that any challenges are tracked and dealt with at the earliest.
You will be allocated a coordinator from on your arrival in India. The coordinator will support you in your project and monitor the progress during the voluntary service. Monthly project visits are also made by the coordinators during the placement, whenever possible.