Experts at symposium focus on ways for sea turtle conservation
STAFF REPORT KHI: A regional symposium on marine turtle conservation has recently been organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in Karchi, where international experts shared their knowledge, experiences and lessons learnt in sea turtle conservation in Asia. Marine turtle conservation experts from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand and Germany presented papers at the symposium with the aim to also explore opportunities for regional cooperation for conservation purposes. Marine turtles are some of the oldest surviving reptiles on the planet. Globally, there are seven species of marine turtle of which six species are found in the Indian Ocean – the South East Asian Region. Four of these have been reported from coastal areas of Pakistan. The populations of the six species of marine turtles of the Asia Region are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.