chapter  12
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Contemporary Culture, Use, and Conservation of Sea Turtles

This chapter examines contemporary links between human culture(s) and sea turtle use and conservation. It is based on two central assumptions: (1) the value and role assigned to turtles as part of nature is culturally situated, and (2) the cultural context of human relations with sea turtles is critical to the success of conservation schemes. Key concepts and terms used are discussed in this introduction. Section 12.2 highlights various types and examples of sea turtle use and their cultural significance. In Section 12.3, the link between culture and conservation policy, and specifically, two contemporary conservation concepts — sustainable use and community-based conservation (CBC) — are discussed.