Project News & Field Updates
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Dugong Festival in Sahamalaza Madagascar at October’s End

October 25, 2016

Our project partners in Madagascar, COSAP Sahamalaza (MG4), organized a dugong festival on Berafia Island. The festival ran from 28 to 29 October 2016. A number of exciting events occurred over the two-day celebration. Traditional boxing. A gala. A disco. Dugong poetry and educational sessions. The festival was very well attended. All our Madagascar project […]

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Dugong featured on “The Ark” podcast

October 25, 2016

5,000 year-old cave paintings of dugongs in Malaysia. Commonalities between pandas and dugongs. Dugong intelligence. Can dugongs remember? The dugong is featured in a 7-minute episode of The Ark – a podcast “dedicated to chronicling life that was and life that is in the natural world.” Aeron Allen, the producer of the podcast, shared this […]

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Environmental and Socio-Economic Reports from Puttlam Langoon, Sri Lanka

October 13, 2016

Our project partner in Kalpatiya, Sri Lanka recently completed a two reports. The first, is an extensive examination of the socio-economic conditions in and around the Puttlam Lagoon. The second report is a similar study on the environmental conditions of the lagoon. You can download the reports from our website by clicking on the links […]

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A global call to action from the World Seagrass Association

October 12, 2016

Call to save Seagrass signed this month at the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop in Wales, UK urgently states “The international seagrass research and conservation community together with the World Seagrass Association calls on all governments and global institutions to take local, regional and global action to ensure the future survival of seagrass meadows.” It […]

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Dugong photographed in Lau Lagoon, Solomon Islands

September 27, 2016

Dugong sighted and photographed in Lau Lagoon (The Solomon Islands) There is limited information regarding documentation of dugong sightings in Solomon Islands. Two dugongs frequently sighted by fishermen and travelers in Lau Lagoon were captured on camera. This was consequently the It was welcoming news as people of the area had commented they no longer […]

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Facebook pages, websites, education materials – Vanuatu goes ‘dugong’ on conservation

August 22, 2016

A meeting of the NFC was convened on 29th March 2016. VESS presented a report on the activities that had taken place under the VU1 project. In addition to the scheduled NFC meeting, Vanuatu Department of Tourism (DoT) requested a meeting to discuss dugong and turtles protection in relation to a new policy on biodiversity […]

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Conducting dugongs surveys and delivering conservation messaging in Vanuatu

August 22, 2016

VU1 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 VESS continued to collect information on dugongs and local communities, using the CMS Dugong MoU questionnaire, which had been adjusted to the context of Vanuatu and translated in Bislama (the local language in Vanuatu). Eighty-one surveys were conducted until the end of this reporting period (including 16 that […]

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Bringing it all together (for dugong and seagrass) in Timor-Leste

August 22, 2016

TL6 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 The NFC composition was defined – more than 20 different stakeholders were identified, including the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project Partners from Timor-Leste, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of State Administration, Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment, Ministry of Infrastructure; 2 national NGOs […]

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‘I love dugong’ Reaching out to Timor-Leste through National Education TV

August 22, 2016

TL4 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 The project is managed by the National Directorate for Biodiversity Protection and Restoration (NDBPR) and started with a consultation on the project work plan with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Blue Ventures and CI (i.e. the other Project stakeholders in Timor-Leste). Several awareness-raising activities were carried […]

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Ecotourism off the ground and into the sea in Timor-Leste

August 22, 2016

TL2 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 In the last reporting period, BV identified Atauro as their base for ecotourism activities in Timor-Leste and Barry’s Place in Beloi as the provider of accommodation and food but the Partner continued to progress well in this period and will continue to examine multiple places to replicate their […]

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