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Boomerang for Earth Conservation (BEC) was born in 2010 inspired by the words of Chief Seattle (1855):
"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."
At BEC, we believe that promoting conservation of the natural environment goes through research and science-based, concrete, proactive, and cooperative interventions. We provide artistic, outdoor and practical educational experiences. We support the metaphoric and actual immersion in the natural world, with its local cultures and peoples. All things connect, and so we strive to conserve nature, to also conserve ourselves.
We focus on engaging the local communities in the protection of their natural resources. We target the youth and work on (re)connecting youngsters with natural ecosystems and species. We work with inspiring Mexican communities on the sea turtle monitoring in Laguna San Ignacio, and with Egyptian communities to conserve the incredible and diverse marine biodiversity of the region. More has been done, and more needs to be done. A change in the way we relate to nature is needed, the time for change is now, and we can all contribute to it with small actions.
If you share our vision and are willing to support our projects, please consider becoming a member of BEC this year.
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Endangered species are usually defined as those at risk of extinction and are therefore subject to conservation measures at national, regional and/or international level. This is the case for most marine megafauna species, including marine turtles, mammals and sharks. However a conservationist and a resource user (e.g. a fisherman) will have different opinions on how endangered these species are. Understanding how fishermen perceive endangered species is essential to implement proper conservation outreach strategies and to encourage a behavioral change. In this project, we aim at understanding how fishermen in Egypt perceive endangered marine turtles, sharks and dolphins in order to identify a more effective way to discuss conservation measures and practices. In collaboration with the University of Port Said and local partners, we will conduct semi-structured surveys with fishermen at six locations along the Mediterranean and Red Sea coast of Egypt. It is our hope that this project will provide essential information to design and implement more effective conservation education and outreach strategies on the value and importance of endangered species and the effects of bycatch and consumption. It is our believe that a more effective communication that take into consideration fishermen's point of view will be more efficient and inspire long-term behavioural changes.
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