Welcome to Dolphin ARCHIVE! Link to the official YoD-Video Wild dolphins are intrinsically tied to our cultural history and awareness. Inhabiting the world's oceans and rivers, they are a living treasure of our blue planet. However, their survival is becoming increasingly difficult. To survive the 21st century, wild dolphins need clean and quiet oceans, marine protected areas and people who care. It must also be kept in mind that, ultimately, human survival too depends on intact ecosystems and biodiversity. The UN Convention on Migratory Species, together with its specialized agreements on dolphin conservation ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS and the WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, have declared 2007 the Year of the Dolphin. The United Nations, Governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the private sector, namely TUI, are building a strong alliance to achieve a common objective: to protect wild dolphins and create an ocean home that is safe from harm. Crucial elements in achieving this are educating to create awareness of dolphin species and their situation, alerting and informing decision makers and involving local communities. Therefore, the Year of the Dolphin will be part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development. The campaign is also a tangible contribution towards meeting the goal of curbing the loss of wildlife by 2010, which all Governments have agreed on through the UN. The Patron of the Year of the Dolphin is H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. "The Year of the Dolphin gives me the opportunity to renew my firm commitment towards protecting marine biodiversity. With this strong initiative we can make a difference to save these fascinating marine mammals from the brink of extinction." H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco What is the YoD campaign about? The Year of the Dolphin campaign focuses on raising awareness of dolphins in the wild, the threats they face to their survival and actions that could help with their conservation and the protection of their habitats and ecosystems. As the campaign was developed under the aegis of the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals, whose mandate is the conservation of migratory wildlife, the campaign does not address or deal with captivity issues. We will be therefore welcoming the support of institutions and individuals that want to focus their proposed activities on wild dolphins and natural habitats, be it through educational activities, scientific research, fundraising or other activities.

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YoD campaign remains strong in Kenya

In the ongoing Kenyan educational awareness campaign on dolphin protection, the continued focus is on the key target group, the schools.

Dan Schumacher, the TUI KenyaResort Manager as the

YoD Kenya coordinator presented the Dolphin manuals

toSarah Ater, the Educational Programme Officer with the

Coral Reef Degradationin the Indian Ocean (CORDIO).

Dan made recognition of the benefits of networkingand

building partnerships with stakeholders in marine conservation

as principalfactor in the milestone achievements of the YoD

Kenya awareness campaign.

CORDIO is a NGO involved inresearch in 11 countries in the Central

and Western Indian Ocean region, focusing onmitigating impacts to

reefs and identifying alternative livelihoods for peopledependant

on reefs and have partnered in the dolphin awareness campaign.

As theEducation programme Officer, Sarah Ater conveys the message

toEnvironmental Clubs of Ganjoni, Mtwapa and Mlaleo Primary Schools

who inturn catalyze their colleagues to act on and encourage

responsible practicesin preserving Environmental health.

In presenting the YoD manualsto the Chairman of the Mombasa

Beach Management Units (BMUs), an Associationcomprising fishermen

on the Mombasa landing sites, Sarah asserted that theactivities of

fishermen impacted on marine life and described the inappropriately

sized nets as the principal contributory factor to by catch and a threat

tobiodiversity. On behalf of the members of the BMU, the Chairman

assured hewould educate BMU members on sustainable fishing



Eleven years old Karishma Bhagani says sheadores dolphins and

cannot imagine how the future of a mammal with an infectioussmile

can be allowed to be imperiled. Obviously perturbed by this, Karishma,

astudent in class five at the Agakhan Academy, Mombasa lobbied with

her schoolteacher and Principal to have the school share her concern

for the dolphins.Persistent and determined she won the sympathy

of the Principal and got herclassmates to communicate through

drawings and art, the beauty of dolphins and thethreats to its


Accompanied by her mother, Karishma gotAbdulaziz Abdalla, a

member of the YoD Kenya team, to give a presentationon dolphin to

the school. In the presence of her peers, school teachersand the

principal, Karishma made an eloquent and passionate plea for the

youth to take responsibility forprotecting the environment

by inculcating values that would be imbedded andpersonify the

character of future citizens of the world. In making hiscontribution

Abdulaziz paid tribute to Karishma’s initiative and concern thatshould

reflect our own image as we interact with the environment. Abdulaziz

then presented the schoolchildren with the YoD manuals that will teach

them about dolphin biology, species diversity, habitats and

conservation principles.     

Threats to dolphins

Dolphins are endangered species. Not only do they face threats from fisheries and bycatch, they are also threatened by pollution and deliberate hunts.

World of dolphins

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