Contributing to international developments on sea turtle research and conservation

For decades ARCHELON has been at the forefront of global research and conservation of sea turtles. During the 1990’s our members participated in the elaboration of the Global Strategy for the Conservation of Marine Turtles, with the understanding that without active intervention and management, marine turtle populations would be expected to continue their decline to extinction. The Strategy was published in 1995 by the Marine Turtle Specialist Group- MTSG of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), covering a wide thematic range from research and monitoring to funding for marine turtle conservation. https://www.iucn.org/resources/publication/global-strategy-conservation-marine-turtles

The Strategy provided the necessary guidance for main research and conservation activities, so that sea turtle populations would fulfill their ecological role. In order to achieve this goal, it is important that the institutions dealing with sea turtle conservation collect data with a specific methodology so that results can be quality controlled and comparable. The Marine Turtle Specialist Group later on, in 1999, published the Research and Management Techniques for the Conservation of Marine Turtles https://www.iucn-mtsg.org/techniques-manual-english.

The guidebook describes the appropriate methodology in different research themes and is essential for every scientist or scientific organization dealing with sea turtles. Today, 25 years after its first edition, the second- revised – edition of the guidebook is under elaboration by the MTSG. The revision was deemed necessary as there are new developments in research and conservation methods as well as the relevant technology.

Three collaborators of ARCHELON are currently participating in the writing of the revised guidebook. Alan F. Rees is contributing on the Chapter about the use of drones in research, Aliki Panagopoulou is writing on the methods for sociological research (questionnaires, interviews etc.) and Kostas Papafitsoros is contributing to the techniques for photo- identification of sea turtles at sea. All three subjects are related to very important new research and conservation tools. Alan will also be one of the editors of the revised guidebook. We are proud for all three of them, for, not only they provide scientific support to the projects of ARCHELON every year, but they also contribute to this very important publication and the further systematization of data collection and research on sea turtles.



    Coordination for the protection of sea turtles in Rethymno: Local authorities and tourism businesses join forces

    The meeting, which took place on April 5, 2024, in the building of the Regional Unit of Rethymno, touched upon key issues, such as the observance of conservation measures for the protection of the Loggerhead sea turtle. Given the tourist activity on the nesting beaches, the active participation of the tourism sector in the implementation of the measures is necessary.

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    "Tourists and turtles?" The environmental awareness campaign of ARCHELON spreads to the nesting beaches of the Loggerhead sea turtle

    After the pandemic, ARCHELON - the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece - is once again mobilizing on the path to sustainable tourism. The aim of the new campaign is to provide information on the appropriate code of conduct for visitors to all nesting beaches, in cooperation with the tourism sector.

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    LIFE MareNatura - The largest marine biodiversity program in Greece

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    Citizens inform us of sea turtle strandings

    ARCHELON started the effort to record the incidents of dead turtles washing up on the Greek shores in 1992. In recent years there has been an increase in these records which may be due to more of our fellow citizens reporting such incidents. Learn more…

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    The Over & Above Awards for 2023

    These are the ARCHELON Over & Above Awards for 2023.

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    The moving experience of Frederique at the Rescue Centre

    At ARCHELON, you'll have the opportunity to meet and work together with new people and form lasting friendships - a major benefit of volunteering.

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    Presentation of ARCHELON 2023 Results: Here is some good news!

    On Thursday February 15th, 2024, ARCHELON’s annual Presentation of Results took place downtown, at the Impact Hub Athens. When welcoming members, staff, collaborators, friends and volunteers, Daphne Mavrogiorgos, Director of ARCHELON, spoke about the multi-leveled action of ARCHELON during 2023.

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    Sea turtles in the Greek wetlands of international importance

    World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2. These vulnerable areas of the planet are a refuge for migratory birds and other wildlife species, including sea turtles. ARCHELON is present in wetlands that play an important role for sea turtles, such as the Amvrakikos Gulf.

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    Why are ARCHELON’s projects international?

    ARCHELON’s sea turtle conservation projects are organized with the valuable contribution of volunteers who come to Greece every year not just from Europe but from more distant places such as South Korea, Australia, and Colombia. Speaking English while carrying out fieldwork or public awareness activities as well as when interacting with each other in the campsites is essential to the projects.

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    ARCHELON has been running a special hospital for sea turtles with tanks and impressive old train wagons for 30 years in Glyfada

    Turtles with IV and bandages, rehabilitation and recovery tanks, special environmental enrichment equipment, recovery greenhouses, and… renovated train wagons! The hospital for injured and sick turtles that ARCHELON has set up in the 3rd marina of Glyfada, next to the sea, is certainly something out of the ordinary.

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    What happened in the world of ARCHELON in 2023?

    A world record for reproductive life for a sea turtle and 40 years of ARCHELON’s actions for protecting sea turtles are some of the moments we celebrated together this year. So, what happened in the world of ARCHELON in 2023? Here are some highlights of the past year.

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    Assuming responsibility for the environment brings more meaning into our lives

    “ARCHELON is an opportunity, not only for the animals and the ecosystems, but also for us who participate in it and for the society in which we operate”. Thomas Arapis, President and founding member of ARCHELON, talks about the efforts of the organization and about what he aspires for the future.

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    Forty years later: the world of ARCHELON has expanded

    Thomas Arapis, President and founding member of the Association gives the current coordinates of ARCHELON. "We encounter many turtles in our daily activities, and even more people, many more people actually, who help us. Amongst them are the people who work for us, they stand out for they represent the Association out there, through thick and thin".

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    19 Environmental NGOs ask the Greek Government not to consent to a change in the wolf protection status in Europe

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    Messages of love from the world turtle community!

    Celebrating ARCHELON's 40th Anniversary we have received warm messages from the turtle community worldwide

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