Olive Ridley Project conducts turtle workshop with Environment Ministry

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The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) conducted a Turtle Workshop for government staff on Monday, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology.

The workshop is to provide the most recent updates and insights into ORP’s work in the Maldives, and to increase collaboration between the organizations.

The opening remarks for the event were presented by state minister Khadheeja Naseem, who highlighted the importance of collaborating and learning together. ORP’s senior project scientist Dr. Stephanie Köhnk also gave welcome remarks.

During the workshop, the ORP presented findings from key research projects in the Maldives, including the sea turtle population project and nesting project. Dr. Köhnk presented findings from population research conducted between 2013-2021 in the country, which identified key hotspots for turtles and monitored the population changes over time. ORP’s Maldives Project Manager Isha Afeef presented a summary of findings from 2018-2021 nesting research in the country, with a focus on green sea turtle nesting findings. ORP’s Volunteer Coordinator Risha Ali Rasheed presented an overview of ORP’s work in the country, and opportunities for collaboration and participation for locals including local internship and job opportunities.

The workshop is part of the ORP’s photo-ID campaign in the country, to increase sea turtle photo submissions from citizen scientists in 2022.

As part of the photo-ID campaign, the ORP will also be posting on social media with key information and insights into photo-ID and sea turtles in the country, and will be hosting a Turtle Talk: Becoming a Sea Turtle Scientist for the public on Saturday, 17th September at 16:00 to 18:00 at MNU Auditorium.

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