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


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.


  • 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

MAVA allocation: EUR 1.2 million

Total budget 2020-2022: EUR 1.8 million

Co-funding: EUR 600’000


Julien Sémelin

Head of Learning & Evaluation,Manager, Mediterranean Basin

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