NAUCRATES, from Greek language “who dominates the sea”, is an non-profit NGO based in Italy. Naucrates was found in 2001 by Monica Aureggi, Claudio Conti and Maura Spotti, who are still the board members of Naucrates.
From the beginning Naucrates main focus was conservation work in Thailand, but also in Italy helping to restore Mediterranean forest as well as raising awareness and educating people about environment and sustainable development.
In Koh Phra Thong, Thailand the sea turtle conservation work was started already in 1996 and Monica was there from the beginning. Project has continued to protect the sea turtles, their nesting beaches and living habitat for over 20 years.
It is not only sea turtles, that Naucrates is protecting although it has been the main interest. During the years Naucrates has done many activities to study and help conservation of the nature on the island. Naucrates staff, interns and volunteers have helped to study and conserve mangrove, coral reefs, sea grass beds, beach, birds as well as supported the local communities with education, awareness, small scale business etc.
For the conservation work in Thailand, Naucrates has a research permit from the National Research Council of Thailand and we work together with Phuket Marine Biological Center on the conservation efforts.
We believe that small initiatives can make a big difference.