Rekawa beach area as Sri Lankas first turtle conservation sanctuary

Date: 1/2/2005

Plans are afoot to declare the Rekawa beach area as Sri Lanka’s first Turtle Conservation Sanctuary. The plans are being formulated by the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC) in coordination with the IUCN (World Conservation Union), the Coast Conservation Department and the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP). The beach stretch is approximately 6 km. in length and consists estuarine mangrove systems, gently sloping broad sandy beaches backed by coconut plantations and home gardens and rocky shores. Turtles visit the Rekawa beach for nesting purposes and the Turtle Conservation Project has been pioneering conservation of turtles along this beach for several years. Five species of Turtles visit the Rekawa beach. Becoming a sanctuary will strengthen the existing marine eco-system of sand dunes and mangroves as well as ensure the nestling rights of turtles.

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