Dolphins

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About the Dolphins

Since 2005 a group of local volunteers have collected basic data on the wild Sotalia guianensis dolphin population in the estuary of the Suriname River. This dolphin program has been involved in the collection of basic data, training of volunteers and other stakeholders, and providing education and information to the general public.

General goals
The protection of the wild dolphin population through establishment and maintenance of a sound community monitoring programme that contributes to decision-making in respect to the estuary of the Suriname River.
 
Specific goals
  • Increase knowledge of wild dolphin habitat and populations in the Suriname River Estuary to support informed environmental decision-making
  • Engage local actors in education about dolphins and the ecosystems of the estuary
  • Improve the long term sustainability of the dolphin program
  • Engage in advocacy for the protection of wild dolphins in Suriname and the estuary as an ecosystem
  • Promote the conservation of the marine environment in general and promote sustainable livelihoods by employing an ecosystem-based approach
  • Increase knowledge sharing among key national and international dolphin and conservation actors
 

There is an opportunity for guests to join the research trips (maximum of 10 people per trip). For more information go to Visit Us.

Working on the conservation of dolphins in the estuary of the Suriname river inspired GHFS to expand its conservation efforts to include the marine environment in its entirety.  This shift in focus inspired the organization to work towards sustainable use and management of the marine environment, which ultimately motivated the GHFS initiate or promote the use of marine spatial planning in Suriname. Visit the Marine Spatial Planning page for more information.

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