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Environmental Conservation

We protect and preserve the fauna and flora of the beaches, restinga, mangroves, rivers and the remains of the Atlantic Forest while keeping track of the reproductive occurrences of sea turtle's through the coast.

We take action through intensive monitoring in the spawning area, during the breeding season, which runs from September to March. The work consists of daily observation of the 22 km of beach to collect the scientific data required by the ICMBio (Instituto Chico Mendes), which includes: the number of nests found, the number of nests with damage or disturbance, the number of lost turtles, the number of eggs within each nest, the recognition of the species, the georeferencing (GPS), the identification of existing threats and the management and protection of the eggs to ensure a maximum survival of the hatchlings until they arrive to the ocean.


Raising Awareness

The conservation of sea turtles is directly and intimately connected to the protection of the region’s surroundings, so the best way to protect them is through comprehensive and holistic conservation efforts that encompass the entire region. The removal and recycling of the garbage that reaches the beaches and raising environmental awareness among the residents and visitors are fundamental for the survival of sea turtles.


We encourage the direct, grassroots involvement of people in their communities, with various activities aimed at cherishing the environment, such as the ability to generate abundance through traditional work. We pay special attention to fostering the enthusiasm, sensitivity and interest of the younger generations - both from rural and urban areas - through environmental awareness programs. We share with them essential practices and knowledge about the coastal zone, in particular turtles marine life, mangroves and restinga.


At the heart of our focus are the indigenous and Afro-descendant populations, whose cultural continuity is not only essential for future generations but deserving of the utmost respect. Through their practices, they show how humanity can coexist harmoniously with its biome. Along the Piracanga River, there is a small village of Afro-indigenous descent, who holds valuable ancestral knowledge and expresses strong environmental sensitivity.  For the residents of the Piracanga village, their manual skills are just part of a simple lifestyle interacting with and respecting nature. Among this knowledge, there is the respectful extraction of medicinal forest products, production of coconut oil with full use of the raw material, production of palm oil, brooms, piassava bags, planting without the use of pesticides and a precious familiarity with natural cycles. We aspire to ensure their social, cultural and financial sustainability.

In view of this, Tartaru's headquarters - Sitio Barco da Mata - is being created as a safe place of exchange between the local population and visitors, with a restaurant to generate income for the local population. The Sabor do Mar offers a varied menu of Bahian dishes. We use fresh products from the region, vegetables and Non-Conventional Food Plants (PANCs) of our own cultivation. It also functions as a storytelling place that brings to light the wisdom, values and holistic view of the Afro-indigenous population on the preservation of life.


Cultural Heritage

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