Degradation of nesting beaches and human disturbance are key threats facing green and loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean.
Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, where most turtles congregate, have a long history of nesting site monitoring and protection in some locations could be improved.
Climate change is also affecting the migration and reproduction patterns, with nesting sites moving westward.

Working through a partnership, we aim to ensure that critical sea turtle nesting habitats are well managed by:

  • reinforcing regional coordination and partnership sustainability
  • increasing knowledge to create a baseline for effective conservation
  • securing long-term buy-in for sea turtle conservation
  • scaling up site protection
Caretta caretta, Tunisia (c) CEPF


This short video presents the three species of turtles nesting on Mediterranean beaches, the threats they are facing and the collective efforts undertaken via the project to better understand, monitor and protect sea turtles in the Mediterranean region.


Principal nesting activity occurs in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, while in the southern Mediterranean in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, other key areas of knowledge and protection. Learn more about the project activities in each of these countries:


  • ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle protection society of Greece
  • Dekamer
  • Medasset
  • MedPAN
  • National Marine Park of Zakynthos
  • Sea Turtle Research Centre
  • Society for Protection Of Turtles (SPOT)
  • The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (ARCHELON)
  • WWF

Budget 2020-2022


Charlène Minster

Manager, Impact & Sustainability

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