UAlg marine biologists rewarded by the British crown

Betânia Ferreira, Sara Vieira and Maria Branco are marine biologists “made in UAlg” and coordinate "Programa Tatô", an NGO that has just been rewarded by the Prince William Foundation, at the "Tusk Awards" in England, where every year nature and wildlife conservation projects in Africa are recognised.

Betânia Ferreira is the project director, Sara Vieira is the technical coordinator, and Maria Branco is the coordination assistant. In common they have a passion for turtles, the three are Portuguese and have a degree in Marine Biology from UAlg.

With the high patronage of the British crown, the team of the "Programa Tatô" thus saw recognition of their work of several years in the fight to protect sea turtles in São Tomé. The award translates into a prize of 100,000 pounds (about 110,000 euros) for the financing and management of the project in the next three years.

The gala was held on 3 December in an online format due to the pandemic and featured a video of the heir to the throne of the British crown himself.