Our Vision

A richly bio-diverse Mediterranean Sea with balanced marine and coastal ecosystems in which sea turtles thrive.

Our Mission

To win a place for sea turtles in the hearts of the public and to establish them as a flagship species for the conservation needs of marine and coastal biotopes throughout the Mediterranean region. To ensure these needs are central to national and international policy, and to support the creation of future protective measures and the enforcement of existing ones.

Why Sea Turtles?

Sea turtles are one of the oldest living species, having roamed the earth for over 100 million years but human interference is threatening their survival. The sea turtle, a flagship species, acts as an ambassador of all marine life and habitats in need of protection. By focusing on and achieving the conservation of these charismatic migratory reptiles that swim thousands of miles across seas and oceans, the status of many other species that share their habitats – or are vulnerable to the same threats – will also be improved.

WHO WE ARE

With roots back to 1983, MEDASSET was founded in 1988 in England and 1993 in Greece. It is an international NGO registered as a not-for profit organisation in Greece. The organisation is a partner to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and a Permanent Observer-Member to the Bern Convention, Council of Europe, since 1988.

Our Approach

The more people know about something, the more likely they are to respect it and to change their behaviour accordingly. Enhancing the understanding of the young about how sea turtles live and what they need to survive is done through: the printed and other material we produce, our visits to schools, volunteer actions that we coordinate, our presence at festivals and other public events, and through our use of social media.

Policy-makers at local, regional, national and international level are of vital importance. They ultimately decide what protection measures should be in place, which to strengthen and which to relax. We approach them directly to make the arguments that will influence their decisions but we also work to shape public opinion. Improving legislation and regulation is a first step. Then we work to keep up the pressure on those tasked with enforcement.

We aim to inspire people all over the region to take an interest in the marine environment and the place of sea turtles within it. They need to know what the issues are and what they can do to help. With information overload impacting our everyday life and affecting our learning, we put our strongest efforts into creating messages that are innovative and positive.

We aim to base everything we do on the results of solid, scientific enquiry. So we support research projects that work to fill knowledge gaps around such questions as: where turtles go when they leave their nesting beaches; what the greatest threats to their survival are; what human activities could be adapted to cause less harm, and many more. We can never hope to answer all the questions… every time fresh information emerges it always leads to new ones.

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