Tamar Project in Praia do Forte on the Costa dos Coqueiros

Projeto Tamar na Bahia
Projeto Tamar

The headquarters of the Tamar Project is in Mata de São João in Bahia.

The drawing of the turtle coming out of the egg is everywhere. It is the mark of the Tamar Project – Ibama (Brazilian Institute for the Environment), the National Center for the Conservation and Management of Sea Turtles, which has been in Praia do Forte since 1980.

The national headquarters of the project, which aims to preserve the species, is located there.

Praia do Forte is the main nesting area for sea turtles in Brazil and also an important feeding area for young turtles, which has already become a tourist attraction.

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The Tamar Project Visitor Center serves in English, Spanish and Italian.

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How to get there

The Tamar Project site is in Vila dos Pescadores, Praia do Forte, in front of the Lighthouse.

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What the Tamar Project does

TAMAR (contraction of the words turtle and marine) was created with the aim of protecting endangered species of sea turtles on the Brazilian coast.

Over time, however, it was realized that the work could not be restricted to turtles, as one of the keys to the success of this mission would be to support the development of coastal communities, in order to offer economic alternatives that would alleviate the social issue, thus reducing the hunting of sea turtles for their survival.

Tamar also protects sharks and other marine life.

The activities are organized along three lines of action: Conservation and applied research; Environmental Education and Sustainable Local Development, where the main tool is creativity.

From the outset, it has been necessary to develop pioneering techniques of conservation and community development, appropriate to the realities of each of the regions worked. Activities are currently concentrated in twenty-one bases, spread over more than one thousand one hundred kilometers of coastline.

Thus, to ensure effective protection of turtles, it also promotes the conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems and the sustainable development of communities near the bases – a conservation strategy known as flagship species or umbrella species.

These activities currently involve around 1,200 people, mostly community residents, who are essential for the protection of sea turtles, as they improve habitat conditions and reduce human pressure on ecosystems and species.

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