WE DEPEND ON RIVER DOLPHINS
BUT RIVER DOLPHINS ARE AT RISK
Making People Care
Gain Political Momentum – Inter governmental declaration signed by 2021. The initiative will catalyse political momentum by engaging with the governments of the range states and bringing various partners on board. We will organise a summit of the range states governments in October 2019 in China to establish a consensus for a concerted conservation effort by adopting the Global River Dolphin Strategy into national action plans and strategies.
Communication, Awareness and Fundraising Campaign. As many people do not know river dolphins exist, let alone that they are at risk of extinction, we will launch an awareness campaign to inform people and governments about their river dolphin species and the urgency of the situation to save them and their habitats.
System planning: Sambor campaign and free flowing river section is maintained. This phase will urgently take up the issue of water infrastructure that is posing an immediate threat to river dolphin populations. This is especially critical in the case of the Irrawaddy dolphin subpopulation in the Mekong River. The initiative will support activities to prevent construction of the Sambor and Stung Treng dams in the core habitat of Irrawaddy dolphins.
Mapping polluters and habitat degraders. The initiative will map all major polluting industries and identify critical sectors in river dolphin habitats. This will develop a baseline and key industries to be targeted for adoption of water stewardship and transformation of their business practices, which will improve water quality in dolphin ranges.
Sustainable fisheries. A carefully targeted and practical review of fishery policies and laws in the river dolphin range countries will be conducted, with recommendations for specific changes needed to reduce the impacts of fishing on the dolphins.
Better River Dolphin Management
Baseline population and range data completed by 2023. Another immediate step is to better understand the extent of, and any shifts in, dolphin ranges so we can properly protect their habitats.
Systematic River Dolphin Protected Area management implemented in 60 protected areas globally by 2023. We will invest in improving patrolling and law enforcement in the existing 60 river dolphin protected areas. We will develop and systematically rollout Conservation Assured | River Dolphins Standards to ensure a robust and standardized approach to the management of river dolphins and their habitat.