In Context

The Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG) is one of the nearly 130 Specialist Groups and Task Forces that make up the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. The largest of six IUCN commissions, the SSC is a science-based network of some 9,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving a vision of “A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity.”

SSC’s major role is to provide information to IUCN on biodiversity conservation, the inherent value of species, their role in ecosystem health and functioning, the provision of ecosystem services, and their support to human livelihoods. SSC members also provide scientific advice to conservation organizations, government agencies and other IUCN members, and support the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements.

The MTSG is responsible for providing information on the seven species of marine turtle and is regarded as the global authority on marine turtles.