The 'Guidance Paper' for the IOSEA Marine Turtle Site Network notes that: "A complementary, parallel process is envisaged whereby a master list of priority candidate sites will be drawn up to help guide Signatory States in their site nomination considerations".
The Secretariat solicited suggestions of potential candidate sites from members of the IOSEA Advisory Committee and other experts.
This exercise generated a list of about 90 potential candidate sites or areas in some 35 countries around the IOSEA region.
||An Image Gallery has also been created, containing satellite images of most of the sites or areas that experts have suggested for inclusion in the IOSEA Marine Turtle Site Network. Click on the image to open the Gallery
The depiction of these suggested sites or areas does not imply any endorsement or undertaking by the countries concerned to formally nominate them for inclusion in the Network; though there is a good possibility that this will eventually happen for many of the sites.
Sample Site Data Sheets
Additionally, the Secretariat has begun to compile Site Information Sheets for several of the suggested sites – including, among others: Itsamia (Comoros) St. Martin’s Island (Bangladesh), St. Brandon (Mauritius), Ponto do Ouro (Mozambique), Thameehla Island (Myanmar), Sir Bu Nair (United Arab Emirates), and Socotra (Yemen). The idea is to demonstrate what information is already available for a selection of sites, while drawing attention to details that would still be required in order to prepare a complete submission. These provisional data sheets will be circulated to the countries concerned and added to the website in the coming weeks.
In due course, as many as possible of the suggested sites will be assessed using the agreed Evaluation Criteria to determine whether or not they would qualify for inclusion in the Network if they were to be formally nominated by a Signatory State.
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Preliminary list of suggested candidate sites
Gallery of satellite images of suggested candidate sites