Naucrates

Naucrates is a non governmental organization based in Italy, working in the area of turtle, mangrove and coral reef conservation. Naucrates have been working in Koh Prathong island since 1996, and are now based in Ban Lion Village, converting two houses into an information centre and work station.

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Their approach focuses on three aspects: scientific research, conservation awareness and education, working closely with communities, other NGOs, scientists and International volunteers to achieve all three.

Information and research data is used to create conservation management plans and also used to educate local communities about the impact of human activities in ecologically sensitive areas.

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Turtle Conservation Project

Phra Thong, Koh Ra and Koh Khao are considered the main marine turtle nesting grounds of the south west coast of Thailand. Since surveying started in 1996 three nesting species have been identified: olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and green turtle (Chelonia mydas). The number of nests has decreased rapidly in recent years, with no nests being found in 2009. However, actual turtle sightings had doubled since 2008, a possible result of educational work done with the local communities about the dangers and impacts of egg poaching led by Naucrates. To combat the threat of extinction in the area, Naucrates has a strong educational program for the local community, both in and outside the school.

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Environmental and English Teaching Programme

Naucrates are highly active in the village school, sponsoring a full-time member of staff to assist with a broad spectrum of educational needs, focusing on environmental issues using the surrounding mangroves, savannah and beach as a living classroom. The project aims to introduce environmentally-friendly practices to improve the living conditions of the Ban Lion Village strengthening the capacity of local community to implement conservation programs; establish a positive sustainable relationship between ecotourism, conservation and economic development. In 2009, with support from Naucates' staff and volunteers, the community participated in Thai massage training, mangrove conservation and monitoring, a waste management program, composting, tree planting and a pilot homestay and ecotourism tour.

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Mangrove Restoration Project

In 2002, a total of 25 species of mangroves and eight mangrove-associate species were recorded by a Naucrates team. On 26 December 2004, the powerful tsunami ravaged the mangrove area, changing the physical-chemical characteristics of the mangrove system. In collaboration with Mangrove Action Project (MAP), Naucrates established the Mangrove Restoration Project (MRP) to study and recreate the original mangrove ecosystem with the local community and International volunteers. Naucrates is using the MRP to build capacity and awareness among the local and International community for their overall protection. Local school children also have several monitoring sites in the area to learn about this diverse and vital eco-system.

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