Adjusted global strategy
needed in conservation

A working group on environmental auditing says environmental conservation activities in Indonesia need to be adapted to global strategies.

Chairman of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions Working Group on Environmental Audits (INTOSAI WGEA), Ali Masykur Musa, said conserving sea turtles, which face multiple threats such as the transboundary illegal trading of eggs and carapaces, could not be carried out by only enforcing domestic legislation.

“Conserving turtles requires partners. We cannot do it alone. It needs increased partnerships with both our local and international counterparts,” Ali Masykur said Wednesday on the sidelines of a sea turtle release event, which marked the opening of the 13th INTOSAI WGEA meeting in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), as quoted by Antara.

“Conserving turtles requires not only the prevention of turtle thefts but also tougher legal sanctions against anyone employed in illegal turtle trading. Turtle exploitation must be stopped,” he went on.

Six of the seven species of the world's sea turtles are found in Indonesian waters. They are the green sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle, flatback sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle and the loggerhead turtle.

Unfortunately, Ali Masykur said, our turtle population has continued to decline, partly due to the ongoing trade in sea turtle products.

Therefore, he said, conserving turtles was crucial, adding that the species was listed in Apendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

“Threats to turtles still persist as the trade in turtles and turtle eggs continues, as well as higher demands in turtle carapaces for overseas markets,” said Ali Masykur, who is also a member of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK). (ebf)

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