Laúd OPO’s mission is to protect, monitor, and recover leatherbacks in the East Pacific through the formation of alliances, information sharing, research, conservation, and awareness raising.
Recover the Eastern Pacific leatherback through regional collaboration that supports the strategies established in the Regional Action Plan.
Objectives and Activities of the Laúd OPO Network
- To form, strengthen, and foster alliances among partners in the region representing various organizations, experiences, and perspectives to advance research and conservation of leatherback turtles in the region.
- Generate, compile, share, and make accessible up-to-date information on the biology and status of leatherback turtles in the East Pacific to define the lines of action towards which conservation efforts will focus.
- Identify regional and national needs and guide actions for the conservation of leatherback turtles in the East Pacific.
- Advise countries/organizations/individuals on establishing sea turtle monitoring and conservation programs.
- Establish “best practices,” and standardized methodology for the region, based on a technical understanding of the biology of the species by individuals and organizations.
- Train field staff in standardized monitoring and conservation techniques.
- To urge governments to create and implement mechanisms (laws, conventions, agreements) for the conservation of leatherback turtles in the East Pacific, within the framework of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles international conventions.
- Based on the best available scientific information, provide specific recommendations to the governments of the countries in the East Pacific for the management and recovery of leatherback turtles.
- Cultivate public awareness of the situation of the leatherback turtle of the East Pacific.
- To seek financing for priority projects in the region to be developed by members of the Laúd OPO Network.