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MOU on the Conservation and Management of Marine Turtles and their habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia


A captured hawksbill sea turtle was surrendered to Dingalan CENRO  and later released back into the sea (Photo Credits: Bagong Aurora)

The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Marine Turtles and their Habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia (IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU) is a CMS instrument which aims to protect, conserve, replenish and recover marine turtles and their habitats, based on the best scientific evidence, taking into account the environmental, socio-economic and cultural characteristics of the signatory States.
 
Focal Office:
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)
Date Ratified:
June 23, 2001
Commitments:
The latest national report on country contributions to the MOU can be found in the CMS website through here.

A Conservation and Management Plan will be implemented with focus on reducing threats to these species, conserving their critical habitat, exchanging scientific data, increasing public awareness and participation, promoting regional cooperation, and seeking resources for implementation. The Plan currently contains 24 programmes and 105 specific activities.

Coverage of the MOU will include marine turtles residing in the waters and coastal states of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia and adjacent seas. These include the following species:

Common name               Species

Loggerhead turtle           Caretta caretta
Olive ridley turtle            Lepidochelys olivacea
Green turtle                   Chelonia mydas
Hawksbill turtle              Eretmochelys imbricata
Leatherback turtle          Dermochelys coriacea
Flatback turtle               Natator depressus

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