Inka Terra Association: Population Decline of Threatened Sea Turtles
Inkaterra Asociacion is a non-profit organization established in 2001 and operates mainly in Cusco, Madre de Dios and Piura regions in Peru. Our mission is to develop added value to biodiversity through research, management, and education projects to benefit local vulnerable communities (native communities and fishermen grids) and the environment. We aim to create local awareness on the importance of natural resources and promote sustainable management.
The Tropical Pacific Sea, north of Peru, gathers over 70% of marine coast biodiversity. The area hosts 5 out of 7 sea turtle species (Dermochelys coriacea, Chelonia mydas agassizi, Lepidochelys olivacea, Caretta caretta and Eretmochelys imbricata) which are listed endangered by UICN. Natural resources are diminished each year due to human activities but still there is no research that supports the effect on turtle mortality. We aim to cover this gap and support local efforts to preserve the area based on scientific and economic analysis on the benefits of turning to conservation and sustainable management scenario instead of BAU.
We aim to determine the causes or factors that affect sea turtle’s population through necropsy and histologic studies. Those post-mortem findings will be assessed to find their relation with direct and indirect human activities carried out in the north coast. Furthermore, the results will not only allow to assess the most common causes and main affected species but also will promote conservation and sustainable management as a cost-effective alternative; further research and baseline data to support conservation campaigns and efforts to preserve the area.