Hydrovias: An emerging threat for river dolphins in Peru
Joanna Alfaro-Shigueto, Elizabeth Campbell, Jeffrey Mangel
International Whaling Commission
As a means to promote regional collaboration, an extensive review of threats to river dolphins is being presented during this SC67B meeting. In this paper we describe plans for a Hydrovia Amazonica (waterway), a US$95 million contract by the Peru government for dredging over 4 main rivers in the Peru Amazon, including the Huallaga, Maraňon, Ucayali and the Amazonas. Concerns about the possible effect of this 2700 km via are discussed as well as its effect on Amazonian dolphins in Peru.