Project News & Field Updates
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Extensive fieldwork on Sri Lankan seagrasses. Dugongs highly valued for meat in Sri Lanka.

August 22, 2016

LK6 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 The reporting period coincided with the beginning of the diving season and completion of securing necessary equipment and security clearances. The team had to engage in setting up and streamlining the field procedures for surveys and construction of methods for transport and mounting of equipment on boats. Based […]

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Closing the knowledge gap of seagrass habitats in Sri Lanka

August 22, 2016

LK5 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 In the first half of 2016, NARA’s activities contributed entirely to covering the knowledge gap on seagrass habitats in LK5’s study area. NARA conducted a desk review of existing seagrass data and prepared base maps of the sampling locations from Mannar to Jaffna. The field studies revealed diverse […]

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Marine conservation centre well underway in Jaffna Sri Lanka

August 22, 2016

LK2 and LK4 Project Updates: Jan thru June 2016 LK2 will establish and equip a marine conservation centre in Jaffna District and develop a national communications network for dugongs and seagrass. IUCN assisted the Department of Wildlife Conservation to establish this Marine Management Unit. In this period the site for the construction of the marine […]

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Field trips and community discussions underway to protect dugongs in Solomon Islands

August 22, 2016

SB4 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 A five-member field team comprised of SICCP, Roviana Conservation Foundation (RCF) and Tetepare Descendants Association (TDA) staff undertook an introductory and scoping trip to West Parara Island in April 2016. While at West Parara, the team conducted SeagrassWatch training with representatives from communities residing along the north-western coastline […]

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Reports of dugongs returning after six-year absence in Solomon Islands outpost

August 22, 2016

SB3 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 WorldFish started project activities under SB3 in March 2016. The Partner organised a field trip to SB3 project area, including staff from WorldFish and the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) and the local Provincial Member for the Lau Lagoon. The aim of the […]

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Development of community health programme in Mozambique holds promise for enacting conservation

August 22, 2016

MZ4 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 In this period, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) staff had a visit to Madagascar. The visit was organised by Blue Ventures and aimed at building EWT’s capacity for the development and application of community-based incentives for conservation in Mozambique (for more information on this progress see update on MZ1). […]

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Family planning and alternatives to fishing get off the ground in Mozambique

August 22, 2016

MZ1 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 The project lead, Blue Ventures (BV) works in close collaboration with the lead of MZ4, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), sharing experience and lessons learned from the establishment of community-based conservation programmes in Madagascar, providing expert support. MZ1 supports the incentives work in Mozambique addressing the issues of unmet […]

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Team pioneers drone survey in remote areas of Malaysia and local school kids get a little dugong diplomacy

August 22, 2016

In this reporting period, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), carried out capacity building of its own staff to prepare for the collection of dugong and seagrass data (global Project activity 312) and awareness raising among local community to gain more local support for the establishment of the MPA. 93 secondary school students from four schools in […]

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Aerial survey of dugong and seagrass, community interviews, and lobbying keeps Malaysian partner busy in Johor

August 22, 2016

MY4 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 During this reporting period, MareCet conducted different surveys to fill in knowledge gaps for dugongs and seagrass in the project site, including an aerial survey (to which MareCet also invited team members of the Partner, leading MY1), seagrass mapping and dugong feeding trails survey, two community consultation interview […]

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Learning English with ‘Adventures of Karum the Dugong’ in Malaysia

August 22, 2016

MG3 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 In this reporting period, USM focused on the development of awareness raising materials for local communities in the MY3 pilot site depicting the importance and conservation of dugongs and seagrass. T-shirts, posters, A4 size stickers were designed, using also volunteers’ support. The text for the posters and the […]

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