CMP South America River Dolphins
Goverments of Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador
International Whaling Commission
The governments of Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador agree to develop a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for river dolphins in South America. The main objective is to promote the conservation of river dolphin species (Inia geoffrensis, Inia boliviensis, Inia araguaiaensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in the Amazon, Orinoco and Tocantins/Araguia basins through a regional concerted strategy.
The CMP will define the main lines of action to evaluate the dolphin populations in their different geographical ranges of distribution; quantitatively identify the threats and guide actions that guarantee their conservation in the short, medium and long term.
The CMP of river dolphins will allow articulating research and conservation actions among the different countries where these species live in South America, defining national and other regional actions. Likewise, it will focus on generating mechanisms for joint work among researchers, organizations and governments that will allow for influencing management policies in the Amazon, Orinoco and Tocantins/Araguaia basins.
Public awareness of governance and environmental agencies, depends directly on how fast and quality the scientific information is shared. A channel of communication and transparency, of planning/actions and results, is strongly advisable to potentially improve the efficiency of public awareness, and conservation management.
Many technical expertise is involved to design, planning, fieldwork and analysis, for getting data on biological and ecological aspects of the species. Capacity building is crucial to ensure the quality and reliability of the information produced and to standardize methods, that allows robust comparison in long-term. In this sense, training should focus on multiplication of technical analysts to avoid centralizing and storing information.