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Achievements

• Since 1990 the community conservation efforts at Matura has contributed to the reduction in the slaughtering of egg-bearing Leatherback from 30% or more per year to zero on land.

• For the first time in history, consistent & accurate information regarding the numbers of Leatherback Sea turtles nesting at Matura Beach in Trinidad and Tobago have been collected and recorded.

• In building the  capacity of the community and continuous development training over the years, Nature Seekers now employs  68  community members in programs such as craft, tour guiding and patrolling, youth leadership, Eco-tourism and reforestation.

• With an average of 10,000 local and foreign visitors  annually,  Nature Seekers’ Turtle Program has created the perfect forum to promote education and awareness in the protection of marine turtles.

• This project has been rated as a best practice community project by many organisations including WIDECAST (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network) and CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organisation). This has resulted from Nature Seekers embracing ecotourism as a tool for conservation while involving the community in the process.

• Since 2003 Nature Seekers has reforested over 400 acres of land, planted 20,055 seedlings, collected over 110,000 seeds through our Reforestation Program with NRWRP (The National Reforestation and Watershed Rehabilitation Program)