Safe havens for river dolphins – A rapid assessment of site-management against the Conservation Assured | River Dolphin Standards

Year

2023

Publisher

WWF

Pages

22

Country / Region

China, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar

Document Type

Report

Species

All River dolphins

Conservation Measure

Protected Areas

Threat Keywords

All threats reviewed

Abstract

Are protected areas that host river dolphins actually protecting these species?
This quick assessment (‘CA|RDS Lite’), scanned one-third of all river dolphin protected areas (40 sites from 10 countries in South America and Asia), scoring on average a 52% on their management implementation (on a scale from 0-100). This is expected not to be enough to safeguard the future of these keystone species. The report elaborates this score into eight key pillars of protected area management, driving conclusions which areas need most attention.
The study includes an analysis of threats reported by the site-managers, both inside and outside of the protected areas, indicating that threats are increasing. This expected development emphasizes the need for sound protected area management.
Some sites are managed very well, which can guide and support other site-managers to improve their management practices.