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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Ambassadors for the YoD

What is a YoD Ambassador?

YoD Ambassadors are eminent personalities ?people in the public spotlight or famous for their specific engagement andachievements related to oceans and the raising of awareness for the conservationof whales and dolphins and the YoD.
They are asked to accept the “YoDAmbassadorship”, in recognition of their prominence and their activitiesrelated to the conservation of whales and dolphins. YoD Ambassadors will beasked to attend relevant meetings, i.e. press conferences or other publicevents.
YoD Ambassadors will promote the cause of the conservation of whales anddolphins through their work and their contacts with the press and media, thuscontributing to enhancement of the public's knowledge of these marine mammals and the threatsthey face, and also raising pressure on decision makers worldwide.

Miguel Arrobas and Nuno Vicente

With their project OpenWaterPortugal (www.openwaterportugal.com), swimmers Miguel Arrobas and Nuno Vicente support the YoD by raising awareness and, where possible, funds for dolphin conservation work. They have successfully concluded numerous open water swims, e.g. from the Portuguese island Berlenga Farilhoe to the port town of Peniche (see news-section for article). In August 2008, they will cross the English Channel.

Professor Thomas White

Thomas I. White is the Hilton Professor ofBusiness Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethics and Business at LoyolaMarymount University in Los Angeles, California. His most recent research has focused on the philosophicalimplications-especially the ethical implications-of the scientific researchon dolphins. 

ProfessorWhite is a Scientific Advisor to the Wild Dolphin Project, a researchorganization studying a community of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas.He is also an Adviser to the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Hisbook 'In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier' [Blackwell Publishing, 2007] addresses the ethical issues connected withhuman/dolphin interaction?for example, the deaths and injuries of dolphins inconnection with the human fishing industry and the captivity of dolphins in theentertainment industry. He argues that the scientificevidence is now strong enough to support the claim that dolphins are, likehumans, self-aware, intelligent beings with emotions, personalities and thecapacity to control their actions. Accordingly, White argues, dolphins shouldbe regarded as "nonhuman persons" and valued as individuals. Whitealso concludes that, from an ethical perspective, the injury, deaths andcaptivity of dolphins at the hands of humans are wrong.

Christina Branco (Singer)

Portuguese fado singerCristina Branco gave a tributary concert for The Dolphin Fund in the PalaceHotel in Noordwijk, in the Netherlands.500 spectators enjoyed the artiste's remarkable voice, her melancholic andlively texts and music.

Cristina Branco explained her role as ambassador of the Dolphin Fund and herpersonal commitment to save these charismatic marine mammals. After the concert Cristina Branco took the time to meet representatives of theDolphin Fund and CMS.

YoD Associate NatureNet Europe, the Coastal Union (EUCC)and the European Cetacean Society (ECS) decided to establish a Dolphin Fundpartnership to support the yod2007.org - ARCHIVE - we love dolphin!. The Dolphin Fund is apartnership for cooperation between national and international NGOs. It isoperated by NGOs in various countries, the National Partners. The allocation offunds to specific projects will be announced later this year.

Andreas Hanakamp (Sailor)

Austrian Sailor Andreas Hanakamp has been passionate about sailing and everything to do with the ocean since age 12.

He has had many sportive successes, including competition in the Olympics.

In 2006, he and his team sailed across the Atlantic in an effort to raise awareness for cetacean conservation ahead of the annual IWC meeting, where there was a chance of pro-whaling nations gaining a majority for the first time.

Christof Wandratsch and Christian Keller (Swimmers)

Christof Wandratsch is the world record holder for crossing the English Channel while Christian Keller is a four-time olympic competitor and World Champion. They are using their publicity to raise awareness for the plight of the dolphins, and also some money.

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