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World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF-Laos)

Dolphin Conservation at the TransBoundary Pool, Lao PDR

Last updated:2008-04-25 00:00:00

WWF Laos is currently developing a new dolphin conservation project along the Mekong River, in the Siphandone region of Champassak Province. The Mekong population of the Irrawaddy Dolphin is located in Cambodia and Laos and is "critically endangered" and less than 80 individuals remain. At least 8 of these individuals live in Laos, at a "deep pool" along the Mekong called the "Transboundary Pool", close to the border with Cambodia. Dolphins have used this pool for many decades and sometimes travel south into Cambodia. The Siphandone region also supports critical habitats for many migratory fish species, and these wild fish populations are essential for the food security and livelihoods of thousands of local communities. In 2007, WWF secured funding to initiate conservation activities at the Transboundary Pool. Meetings were held with key government agencies in Champassak to identify project actions, which will include: monitoring the dolphin population; working with local communities to reduce threats to dolphins, including the use of fishnets in areas where the dolphins occur (drowning in fishnets is a key source of dolphin mortality); reviewing the economic value of dolphin-based tourism and wild fisheries for local communities. The project is collaborating with the "Cambodia Dolphin Conservation Project", coordinated by WWF Cambodia, which is working nearby to conserve dolphins downstream of the Transboundary Pool.

Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
Feb 25th 2008 Feb 25th 2011 1 Feb 25th 2008 Feb 25th 2011 0

Project Coordinator Project Partners
Martin Hollands
(021) 216 080
There are no partners specified

Provinces and districts of project activity:

Provinces Districts
Champasack Province - Khong - Pathoomphone

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors
Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Fisheries - Fisheries Training
Community Development - Community Development Training - Rural Community Development
Data Collection & Analysis - DC&A Training
Education - Non-Formal Education
Human Resources Development - Capacity Building
Natural Resources & Ecology - Conservation of Natural Resources - Ecological Education - Environment Protection - Land Use Planning - Wildlife Protection

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