Manengkel Solidaritas — Indonesia (2018)

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The village of Ranowang Dua in North Sulawesi consists of only four families totaling about 20 people, but the area is a very important nesting habitat for five sea turtle species. Turtle meat consumption is an essential part of traditional ceremonies and is the greatest threat to the animals. The nongovernmental organization Manengkel Solidaritas will use its 2018 SWOT grant to assist local villagers (a) in collecting data with the objective of better understanding turtle populations and (b) in fostering a behavioral change away from sea turtle consumption. Data will also be used by Manengkel Solidaritas to potentially verify loggerhead nesting in Indonesia.