Conservation and  outreach through coastal networks

Turtle Action Group

Rhea George, Kartik Shanker, Muralidharan M., Naveen Namboothri

Established in 2009, the Turtle Action Group (TAG) is a collective of NGOs and individuals from the Indian subcontinent working towards sea turtle conservation and research. The aim of the network is to provide a platform for the exchange of information, knowledge and experience amongst various groups and individuals working along the coast of India. In addition, the initiative also seeks to strengthen community-based NGOs in the various coastal states. Currently, TAG has 27 NGO members.

Organisational members of TAG include community-based organisations, environmental groups and non-governmental organisations. The main focus of TAG is to promote effective conservation of sea turtles and their habitats through collective and collaborative action. TAG is governed by a core committee of representatives and an advisory board. At present Dr. Naveen Namboothri serves as TAG’s secretary and Dr. Kartik Shanker serves as its chairperson. Dakshin aims to support and facilitate the network, and undertake capacity building for these groups along the mainland coast and islands of India, with associated programmes of research. A cohesive network using turtle monitoring and conservation activities, can foster cooperation between local agencies and state agencies within the country and mitigate potential conflicts.

The Turtle Action Group (TAG) organizes meeting and workshops of its members is with the aim of furthering sea turtle conservation through the exchange of information, experience and ideas between individuals and community-based NGOs working on sea turtles and coastal conservation. The main focus of these workshops are to actively involve representatives of state forest departments in TAG and the capacity building of TAG members through different workshops conducted by experts.

Past meetings have been organised in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Odisha along with local member organizations.

Other Events;

In December 2019 a National conference on marine turtle conservation was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Forests in Kadmat, Lakshadweep. Further details of the conference can be found here

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