Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.
Our Nicaraguan turtle programme has celebrated yet another release of hatchery-reared turtles. A turtle egg hatchery which FFI Nicaragua helped to construct and manage in the Pacific coastal town of Astillero has recently released its first turtle hatchlings back into the wild.
In addition to the hatchery, FFI is helping Astillero community members to diversify income though turtle tourism to reduce their dependence on the harvest of turtle eggs.
The Astillero community organised a day-long event with FFI support to mark the hatchling release – here are some photos of the celebrations.
Notice the picture of a turtle hatching out of an egg on the children’s t-shirts. It’s the logo of the “Yo no como huevos de tortuga” (I don’t eat turtle eggs) FFI awareness raising campaign which aims to reduce demand for turtle eggs. Leatherback and olive ridley turtle are severely threatened by the illegal poaching of their eggs from their beach nests.