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.

We like to ensure the most important turtle nesting sites are well-managed by:

  • The knowledge and monitoring of nesting sites, especially those that are poorly protected
  • reinforcing regional coordination among partners
  • building capacity of local communities and civil society to engage in sea turtle conservation
  • supporting adaptive management and effective protection of sea turtle nesting sites
  • reducing illegal sea turtle trade
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.


  • Medasset
  • MedPAN
  • Notre Grand Bleu
  • Sea Turtle Research Centre
  • The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (ARCHELON)
  • WWF

Focus on one of our partners

At the heart of our work are passionate people dedicated to delivering effective and lasting conservation. These inspirational partners are our greatest asset.

Chloë Webster
Chloe Webster (c) Magali Mabari / Medpan

Chloë Webster

MedPAN plays a unique convening and connecting role. We don’t have a formal mandate but our collective expertise and reach mean everyone from the Commission to fishermen respect us.

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated € 500,000 annually to this Action Plan

The annual budget is estimated at € 1.5 million

Remaining needs are partially covered by existing projects co-funding is still needed


Julien Sémelin

Manager, Mediterranean Basin

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