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In 1998, ECOFAC the Program for the Biodiversity and Fragile Ecosystems Conservation of Central Africa, funded by European Union, created PROGRAMA TATÔ, with the purpose of protecting sea turtles. But later in 2002, ECOFAC passed on to MARAPA, a recent created local NGO, Programa Tatô's coordination. For years, MARAPA had the support of several national and international organizations. Over the years, Programa Tatô team has grown and the coordination team has been taking shape.
20 years later, in 2018, everything changed, Programa Tatô was no longer just a project. The coordination team with the support and encouragement of its technical and financial partners decided to give more autonomy and sustainability to this program and created an international NGO, the ASSOCIATION PROGRAMA TATÔ, thus maintaining the name, already known by all communities, national authorities, civil society, as well as internationally.
Creation of PROGRAMA TATÔ by ECOFAC and later in 2002 its coordination was assumed by the local NGO MARAPA.
Partnership with the portuguese NGO A.T.M.
International NGO, the ASSOCIATION PROGRAMA TATÔ,
AN INTEGRATED APPROACH THAT AIMS TO INVOLVE THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES.
Considering the challenges that sea turtle conservation faces, we adopted an essential integrated approach to improve the protection and sustainable management of the main habitats of sea turtles (nesting beaches and foraging grounds on the sea), through the involvement of the main national actors on the conservation and santomean young biologists and conservationists in early stages of their careers in the activities of PROGRAMA TATÔ, We reinforced their skills and we also developed alternative economic activities to value the non-consumption of sea turtles, thus raising awareness on the coastal communitites.