Ganges River Dolphin Conservation Strategy
This long-term integrated conservation programme for the Ganges River dolphin in the Brahmaputra River system supports ecosystem services through research and monitoring, capacity building, environmental awareness and participatory conservation action.
The main aims of the project are:
To minimise dolphin mortality from poaching and by-catch through:
• Raising public awareness about dolphins and their ecosystem, through community-based awareness activities.
• Reducing illegal hunting of dolphins through law enforcement and promotion of alternative fish baits.
• Promoting sustainable use of the river system through fisheries enforcement.
• Developing local community “stewardship” of the river ecosystem, using education and awareness programmes.
To provide improved information on dolphin population dynamics and threats for effective management and conservation strategies by:
• Establishing standardised monitoring and research protocols, along with a purpose-built survey boat with lab equipment, a scientific database and GIS maps.
• Establishing a coordinated framework of dolphin monitoring systems across the Brahmaputra River system.
• Enabling continued monitoring of the status of dolphins and their ecosystem beyond the project’s duration.
Ultimately, generating river dolphin recovery plans at state and national levels, with improved protective legislations for freshwater ecosystems, by:
• Building the capacity and technical skills of local conservation NGOs, communities and relevant government agencies.
• Encouraging relevant environmental agencies to adopt ecosystem management recommendations for conserving river dolphins and key habitats.
• Increasing advocacy and lobbying capacity to help build dolphin portection policies into regional development plans.