Saint Kitts

May 2009

“Bottle bead” sustainable livelihood project in exchange for the protection of sea turtles

In very poor places, sea turtle conservation efforts face a serious challenge: Coastal people see few alternatives to killing sea turtles for food or cash. As a result, sea turtles are severely depleted on Caribbean islands. Coastal development has also destroyed important nesting and foraging habitat.

The Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) is launching a pilot project to produce “beach bottle” beads in Caribbean island communities. The objective is to use discarded or recycled bottle glass to make beads and jewelry. The products will have small educational/conservation labels and will be sold in local gift shops. Women in three communities will receive training. They will be chosen based on their capacity to sustain the project, market the beads, and show that the new skills will reduce sea turtle deaths. Our nonprofit partner hopes to replicate the project throughout the region, boosting rural incomes and protecting endangered sea turtles.

Project Updates
June 2011
On May 24, 2011, WIDECAST Director Dr. Karen Eckert reported, "Following the approved work plan, this wonderful project is within days of completion. Focusing on developing a pilot project in...
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June 2010
WIDECAST reports that professional jewelry training took place in Matura, Trinidad at the end of April 2010. The training was hosted by Nature Seekers (an existing community pilot for the Bottle...
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April 2010
As of April 2010 Seacology has approved changes to the original project which include the addition of jewelry making training and creating a handbook for participants as well as now limiting the...
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