African Chelonian institute — Guinea-Bissau (2010)

Five species of sea turtle nest on the shores of Guinea-Bissau, where fisheries bycatch and direct harvesting for meat and eggs are some of the most pressing threats. Over the past two decades, the African Chelonian Institute has worked hard to learn more about the sea turtles in this region and to develop a long-term conservation plan that integrates research, outreach, and local capacity building. A 2010 SWOT grant helped to fund community-supported beach patrols on two key nesting beaches in the Bijagos Archipelago.