In 2003, an urgent appeal was made to the government and environmental organizations from locals in El Progreso regarding the rapid disappearance of the turtle population. With the help of the environmental organizations and the government the community created a permanent conservation program in Drake Bay, and local residents began to train as sea turtle conservationists. In 2009, ACOTPRO was founded and a homestay network was created in the village of El Progreso to house volunteers. Today, ACOTPRO is responsible for coordinating the sea turtle conservation effort and is proudly operating its own volunteer program and community-based tours.
Our vision is achieving the protection and recovery of local populations of sea turtles and the surrounding ecosystem, participating in the socioeconomic development of the area, and rising to become one of the most successful sea turtle projects in the country and a model of community-led conservation.