Shared Conservation, Management, and Use of Sea Turtles in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama: A Synthesis for Policy Makers

turtle_photo The client for this project, The Sea Turtle Conservancy, commissioned from the clinic a white paper that explores the international and domestic legal frameworks for sea turtle conservation in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. The goal of this analysis was to reengage these three countries, all of which are critical to the survival of marine turtle species in the Western Caribbean, in a collaborative process for the co-management of sea turtle populations. The international law framework supports this objective, and the domestic laws for sea turtle conservation and management embraced by each country is consistent with that international law framework. However, political and cultural complexities have made reengagement problematic. Despite these complexities both governments and sea turtle dependent communities may be interested in renewed cooperation around this iconic natural and cultural resource.

Resources:

Grant, Sekita (University of Florida); Madrigal, Paulino (Universidad de Costa Rica); Sánchez Espino, Nikolas (MarViva Panama). “Shared Conservation, Management, and Use of Sea Turtles in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama: A Synthesis for Policy Makers.”

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