Sea Turtle Corridor
a female turtle returns to sea after laying her eggs in Baguan, Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary
CI/Rina Bernabe
 
The Sea Turtle Corridor harbors the largest aggregation of nesting green turtles in the Southeast Asian region as well as significant nesting populations of hawksbill turtles. It comprises an area of over 7.8 million hectares spanning Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Government representatives and stakeholders from these three countries are working together to protect this critical habitat of sea turtles and other marine creatures.

The Corridor is a major source of prized fish and shellfish including prawns, crabs and groupers for domestic and international markets. It hosts extensive mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs which serve as habitats for endangered and migratory marine species and provide livelihood for human communities.

Sea turtles underscore the significance of the tri-national corridor to global biodiversity. Turtles, just like any flagship species, tell us the big story, about the state of natural systems crucial to biodiversity

The turtle population is an indicator for the environment’s capacity to sustain living organisms, a basis for projecting future scenarios if current levels of exploitation and other threats remain. It is also a basis for the extent of conservation and management interventions needed, and a measure of the successes or failures of these interventions.