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WCC 2020 Res 124 - Activity Report

Información general
Constituyente de la UICN: 
IUCN WCPA Caribbean and Central America 2021-2025
Tipo de Constituyente de la UICN: 
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas 2021-2025
Período de actividades: 
Ámbito geográfico: 
Puerto Rico
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
Si el Secretariado de la UICN está o ha estado implicado en la implementación de esta Resolución?: 
Enumere otros actores (no-Miembros de la UICN) que hayan estado implicados en la implementación de esta Resolución: 
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Amigos de las Tortugas Matinas, Chelonia, Siete Quillas, Yo Amo al Tinglar, Vida Marina, Tortugueros del Sur, Tortugueros del CEN, Tortugueros de Isla Verde
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Capacitaci�nWe collaborated with the local government and local sea turtle community-based groups to train in the identification of sources of light pollution. We trained field assistants on the process of designing a lighting retrofit plan. On-going
Educaci�n/Comunicaci�n/Concientizaci�nWe developed educational materials about light pollution, and its negative effect on wildlife, especially on sea turtle nesting beaches. On-going
Actividades de campoWith funds from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, our project developed a lighting retrofit program for the island. We provided cost-free turtle-friendly lights to those properties that voluntarily applied to our program.On-going
Indique cuáles han sido los resultados/logros obtenidos en el marco de las actividades realizadas: 
As of February 2023, a total of 107 properties participated in the program including 53 single-family homes, 23 condominiums (common-use and recreative areas), 21 commercial properties (e.g., restaurants), 8 properties with “other” uses (e.g., church, public park) and 4 residential/commercial (i.e., Airbnb). Even though there is still so much work to be done to guarantee a long-term impact, nesting beaches in Puerto Rico are darker and safer for sea turtles than they were a few years ago. Hopefully, this effort has generated enough empathy and knowledge to change people’s attitudes and behaviors toward sea turtles and the impact of excessive light on nesting beaches.
¿Qué esfuerzos se están llevando a cabo para superar dichos obstáculos?: 
Three major challenges affect the long term success of our actions: 1) the lack of law enforcement in Puerto Rico, 2) the lack of turtle-friendly lights available in local stores and megastores, 3) the higher costs of turtle-friendly lights plus cost of shipping to Puerto Rico.
Indique y describa brevemente las actividades que se realizarán en el futuro para la implementación de esta Resolución: 
Acción FuturaDescripción
Educaci�n/Comunicaci�n/Concientizaci�nOngoing education campaigns are fundamental for increasing awareness which would result in a change in behaviors.
Influencia pol�tica/promoci�n de pol�ticasAdvocating for effective law enforcement is one of the strategies that would help to reduce light pollution in Puerto Rico.
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