Aventures Sans Frontières — Gabon (2018)

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The sea turtle nesting beaches near Gabon’s capital city, Libreville, are a popular recreation destination for the city’s inhabitants. Visitors leave behind plastic waste that can become a hindrance to nesting females, and extensive coastal development creates pockets of wastewater that can be deadly to hatchlings. Aventures Sans Frontières will use a 2018 SWOT grant to raise awareness about sea turtles among coastal residents through programs within four local schools and with beachgoers and residents living near the most heavily trafficked beaches. The program will also implement beach cleanups and hatchling rescue and release efforts.

Brian Hutchinson