The 3rd Meeting of the IAC Consultative Committee was held March 24-26,2010 in Belize City, Belize.
Paul Hoetjes, Netherlands
“Basically that is all what this whole Inter-American Sea Turtle Convention is all about, trying to protect the remaining sea turtles so that we will have them for our children. The Hawksbill Turtle is critically endangered, that means it has been reduced in numbers more than 90% over the last say 50 years and there is real cause for concern that they could actually go extinct if we don’t do something.”
Veronica Caceres, Secretary
“We need to work on regional cooperation to be able to better protect them. Conservation measures that we only in one country or two countries won’t cover the whole wide range of the migratory path so what happens is it is not enough to only protect them in one place, we have to think of a regional approach to protect this migratory species so we could actually be effective in protecting them.”
“You can’t foresee the future but will our children see or know these magnificent animals in their natural wild environment?”
“There is a good chance they will because we are actually seeing progress and in some places the numbers are increasing so there is a lot of hope.”
The Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the legal framework for countries in the American Continent to take actions that benefit sea turtles. Belize has been a part since 2003.