Conservationists in Cambodia have found nine sea turtle nests on a remote island off the country’s southwest coast, sparking hopes for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and endangered green turtle. It’s the first time sea turtle nests have been spotted in the country in a decade of species decline. The nests were discovered by volunteers from the Royal Cambodian Navy stationed on the island, whose relative lack of human activity has made it an ideal habitat for green turtles and hawksbill turtles, but the hatchlings still face daunting odds. Marine conservation is a growing concern in Cambodia, and Fauna & Flora hopes the turtles’ nests will be “a driver for establishing marine management initiatives across Cambodia’s offshore islands where the threat of development is currently minimal.”

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