Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 Dec 2006 - 31 Dec 2006
The Mekong Dolphin is an icon of the region, symbolising the vitality and spirit of the Mekong River, but unfortunately it is now only found in a few areas of the river and is considered an endangered species. Therefore it is good news that the Cambodian government is taking some firm action on protecting these important cetaceans by introducing a river guard system, training local people to become guardians of the dolphins living in their stretch of the river.
This system which has the backing of the many Cambodian government ministries and the provincial governors is a world first and should be applauded in its foresight. The dolphins are most at risk from entanglement in fishing gear and since the new policing measures have been introduced, and fishing sites have been restricted, the dolphin population in on the upswing.
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© Mekong River Commission 2006
Editor: Peter Starr
Design and cover illustration: Phannavanh Anoulack
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