Yes, and a great example is the project that WWF started with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Africa. The conservation program has been very successful in protecting the nesting sites of The Lamu Archipelago located in Kenya, which is one of the most important marine turtle nesting grounds in Africa.
There has been success in protecting sea turtle nests. One unique tactic that has worked is to employ the local people to help protect the nests. In the past the local people would sneak in and collect the eggs, which are considered a delicacy in their countries. This is illegal. Once the local people were educated and given a job (many of them are very poor) to protect the turtles, they became very serious about the task and have stopped harvesting eggs (themselves and of others). The local people may even act as guides, allowing a limited number of tourists to view a female laying eggs. This also generates money for the impoverished local people and further helps protect the sea turtles.
It’s true, the most successful conservation projects are the ones that educate and turn the responsibility over to the locals. I know this has been the case for Olive Ridley mass nesting in Costa Rica at a beach called Ostional and in Indonesia in Pulau Banyak.
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