CEM = Conservation des Especes Marines

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History of CEM
The Ivorian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) “CEM” = “Conservation of espèces Marines” was officially founded in 2014th. “Father” of the whole is the 
Spaniard Jose Gomez (veterinary profession), who is living in Côte d’Ivoire since 1993 and has seen how large sea turtles were killed at Sassandra in 1993. He therefore decided to commit himself to the protection of animals and has begun to collect information and data. He has constantly pointed out the problems, has established contacts and trying to organize support for the protection of sea turtles. In 2012 Alexandre Dah, an Ivorian biologist at the University of Cocody, Abidjan,has taken over the observation of spawning events of sea turtles in southwestern Côte d’Ivoire as subject of his doctorate and has since then been active mainly locally in Grand Bereby. Also there are two employees of the Military Naval and Thomas Praud Guive Maxim. The Ivorians are good connoisseurs of sea turtles. As provisionally last member is Olaf Grell, freelance biologist from Germany, have been added. In 2003 he saw in West Africa, how large sea turtles were killed and decided to support the Ivorian initiative, together with “CEM”.

Partners and friends

http://www.oceanbasis.de/The protection of sea turtles in Grand Bereby financed since 2012 by the US FWS (Fish- and Wildlive Service). Particularly committed is Angela Formia, which also performs the evaluations for FWS.

In 2015 the German Lighthouse Foundation has provided financial support.Another financial support is coming from the company oceanBASIS GmbH, founded by German marine biologists. This support is provided continuously via the purchase of their natural cosmetics brand “Oceanwell”. With every purchase of an Oceanwell-product 10 cents go directly to the sea turtle project in Grand-Bereby. The project is supported also from the hotel “Palm Beach-rock” in San Pedro and the hotel “Katoum” in Grand Bereby, who participate in the promotion of ecotourism in Côte d’Ivoire.


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Category Organisation
Type Non Governmental Organisation for conservation (NGOsc)
Membership type Royal Penguin
Website http://www.ong-cem.org
Contact person Olaf Grell
Email address olaf.grell@t-online.de