SOS-SEATURTLES Swiss/France supports the Indonesian organization PAMALI to protect the endangered sea turtles at DENAVAN Islands in South Borneo.

The many uninhabited islands in the region, especially Kecamatan, Pulau, Sembilan, Kabupaten and Kotabaru are among the largest nesting sites for the Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and the Ettmochelys imbricata on earth.



A highly endangered animal species

All seven of the remaining sea turtles are threatened with extinction.

In addition to the hunt ON turtles, the environmental problems are now an additional and even more problematic issue:

The blocking of old breeding grounds by hotels, pollution, the plastic flood in the oceans and the global warming that leads to the rise of the sea level, are the biggest threats!

Especially on the latter of all these facts, the project is aligned on the DENAVAN islands by the Indonesian organization PAMALI.



Global warming has catastrophic effects for sea turtles.

For millions of years the turtles following an inherited instinct, and have laid their eggs at a safe distance from the water. Far enough that the clutches remained dry even at high tide, but still at a distance that the freshly hatched babies could easily reach the saving water.

However, the rise in sea level is progressing faster than the animals can adapt, with the result that half of all nests are flooded and perished in this region.



Man must intervene to help.

To prevent this, the eggs must be excavated in a useful time and placed in a fenced safe area.  The incubation of the eggs is done by the sun and after 50 to 60 days, the animals hatch. In order for the turtle babies to consume as little energy as possible, they are immediately brought to the sea by the Rangers.

By laying in a "Hatchery", however, not only the eggs can be secured, but they are also  protected from wild animals and at the moment of hatching, against innumerable birds who are just waiting for such easy prey.

In addition to all those facts, the presence of the rangers on the islands also prevent them from poachers, stealing the eggs !!


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The pilot project last year was already successful.
Based on the results of the year 2016, about 90,000 turtle babies could be released into the sea this year. One of the greatest dangers can be eliminated by that.
But on the long way to the open ocean and in the 20 to 30 years until the animals become sexually mature, they are still threaten by a lot of dangers. On average, 10,000 young turtles, an average of ten will survive, and only one animal will be sexually mature! 



The organization. 

PAMALI is  directed by Mr Abdul Malik, who has been working with SOS-SEATURTLES and BSTS BALI  for years in turtle protection. The project has been approved by the provincial government and also work in coordination with the police, particularly in regard against poaching and trafficking in tortoises eggs. 



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Help us to continue and expand our project !

The project 2017 is half-financed, so now it is necessary to finish the second season successfully. There is also a need for several new "hatchery's", since not all nests can be accommodated in the existing ones.

The "overhead" of the organization is very small and uses only 20 percent of the budget. Therefore 80 percent going fully into the protection of the sea turtles.