An introduction to Integrated Conservation Planning for Cetaceans, including areas of potential collaboration with IWC to advance small cetacean conservation
Barbara L. Taylor 1, Grant Abel 2, David Bader 3, Jay Barlow 1, Gill Braulik 4, Frank Cipriano 5, Tim Collins 6, Douglas DeMaster 7, Lorenzo von Fersen 8, Forrest Gomez 9, Yujiang Hao 10, Philip S. Miller 11, Gianna Minton12, Randall R. Reeves 13, Lo
Integrated Conservation Planning for Cetaceans, a sub-group of the IUCN SSC’s Cetacean Specialist Group, was formed in response to the desperate situation of increasing numbers of endangered riverine and coastal dolphin and porpoise species and populations in the world today. The extinction of the baiji (Turvey et al. 2007) and the catastrophic decline to the edge of extinction of the vaquita (Jaramillo-Legorreta et al. 2019) are both examples of conservation actions being too little and coming too late, and of not having all the necessary tools ready for dealing with those emergencies. Integrated conservation action plans explicitly consider all tools that may be needed to save a species or population and to actively fill-in knowledge gaps.