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[Ambassador report] [Feature] Biodiversity in Benin: Saving sea turtles

by Desire HOUNGNIGBE | 31-05-2019 23:45 Comments 11 Comments recommendations 1 recommendations

An essential factor in the process of conserving marine biodiversity, the sea turtle is in a spiral of global threats. In Benin, the rarefaction of this animal species in recent years has raised many concerns. Given the scale of the dangers, the State and some civil society organizations are working together to ensure that the generations of this species live on the Beninese coastline.

In Benin, as in most African countries where they are present, marine turtles have many threats to their survival.
According to the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Benin, "Nature Tropicale," these threats are of several kinds, but above all anthropic, that is to say, related to the actions of man.
In fact, in its fishing activities, humans endanger the survival of marine turtles through destructive gear such as the abandonment of nets at sea in particular by licensed trawlers and clandestine. The same is true for human predation, which consists of riparian populations capturing sea turtle babies, gravid females whose only nesting places are the coasts.

Also, the marine turtle population is strongly threatened by coastal erosion - a phenomenon that is mistakenly considered natural - caused by the uncontrolled collection of sea sand on some beaches; anything that causes degradation of the marine habitat. These factors explain the many fears of researchers and biodiversity conservation organizations about the presence of sea turtles in the waters of our country for the next few years.

Benin's commitment to saving turtles is reflected, among on the consecration of January 8 as an annual awareness-raising day on the protection of endangered species in our country. Many activities are organized to sensitize the different strata of society on the reasons for preserving these species to safeguard the Beninese ecosystem.
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  • Desire HOUNGNIGBE says :
    Thank you guys for your comments and your contributions.
    Posted 20-06-2019 18:37

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Desire

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Biodiversity in Benin andSaving sea turtles. Thanks for the wonderful and impressive report

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 17-06-2019 05:58

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    you're welcome! Anytime! :D
    Posted 06-06-2019 14:27


Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey there Desire!

    It is good to see that Benin's commitment towards saving the turtle species is alive and continuous in ensuring the conservation of our species. I fan the work that Nature Tropicale is putting into this and I hope other NGOs come together and protect our endangered species.

    Thank you so much for reporting Desire, I like the picture you uploaded, it is very bright!
    Kind regards,

    Posted 03-06-2019 22:16

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello desire
    These turtles, personally I like them very much. Knowing about its threat it pricked. Coastal erosion is biggest threat to these creatures.
    Thank you so much for this report.
    Green cheers!
    Posted 03-06-2019 13:57


  • Desire HOUNGNIGBE says :
    Thank you Louis Mentor and Wonhee Mentor for your comments. I really appreciate your contributions to my reports.
    Posted 02-06-2019 18:31

Wonhee Mentor

  • Wonhee Mentor says :
    Hello Desire

    Thank you for sharing information on sea turtle and its role in keeping diversity. Nearly all species of sea turtles in the world are classified as endangered. The main threats of sea turtles are climate change, destruction of habitat, overexploitation or coastal development. I hope best wishes for successful events on raising-awareness day. Keep up the good work!

    Wonhee Mentor

    Posted 02-06-2019 14:54

Louis Mentor

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hi Desire,

    Thank you for writing this report and it was great to know about the biodiversity in Benin and sea turtles. I've heard that many sea turtles are dying because human are destroying their habitats, and in your case, it is coastal erosion. I think it is important for us to understand the importance of natural habitat and try to not to destroy them. I hope all of us can contribute to the preservation of sea turtles and protect them together! Great report.

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 02-06-2019 00:01


  • Desire HOUNGNIGBE says :
    Exactly Saba Lakobidze. Thank you for your contribution to my report.
    Posted 01-06-2019 14:43

Saba Iakobidze

  • Saba Iakobidze says :
    thanks for sharing,

    beautiful report, I think that there should be more attention towards marine turtles
    Posted 01-06-2019 04:47

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