Project News & Field Updates

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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CMS Dugong Bycatch Questionnaire adapted for use in Timor-Leste commnities

August 22, 2016

TL Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 At the start of TL1, Conservation International (CI), the project lead, worked on identifying three communities to work with on integrating dugong and seagrass conservation and monitoring in the management plans for these communities. In this period, CI made major preparations for the implementation of the project. The […]

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Extensive outreach primes Sri Lankan area for dugong and seagrass conservation

August 22, 2016

LK7 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 All incentive programmes introduced by SLTCP developed well in this period. The baseline conditions in each site were assessed through a socio-economic and environment studies. The team also collected information on historical cases of dugong sightings in Puttalam district. The incentives to communities were provided further to assessing […]

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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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