Project News & Field Updates

Sri Lanka Projects in Focus during International Media trip

May 07, 2017

Dugongs and their seagrass friends are certainly getting more attention these days as global attention was directed toward the Dugong and Seagrass of Sri Lanka in April. Numerous print and electronic media outlets highlighted the excellent conservation initiatives of our partners there. Stories appeared in 13 countries and generated an estimated reach of 4.8 million […]


Sri Lanka’s Sunday Times features Project, Partners and Dugong

April 16, 2017

This week the Sunday Times, a newspaper in Sri Lanka, featured an article about the impact of illegal fishing on dugongs. While it is recognized that trade in dugong meat and illegal fishing practices continue to be significant threats to dugong populations in northwestern Sri Lanka, a Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project is offering economic […]


The call for 2017 EDGE Fellowship applications is NOW OPEN

April 13, 2017

Our friends at ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme ( are calling for applications for its fellowship programme. A few of the EDGE species (amphibians, corals, birds, mammals, reptiles) are located in or near countries where our project partners already work including the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Here is a pdf document describing the […]


A dugong shows appreciation to Madagascar conservation team

April 12, 2017

On March 28, 2017 our project partners (MG4) planned a a meeting in Ambatofotsy (Anorotsangana) Madagascar to work with the local community on the dugong and seagrass conservation and implement a local governance structure. In addition to the local community leaders, the community visit was attended by the head of the Environment, Ecology and Forest […]


Slideshow DSCP at MOS3 in Abu Dhabi

March 25, 2017

Dear partners, In March 2017 many of you traveled to Abu Dhabi to attend the Third Meeting of Signatory States of the Dugong MoU. We assembled the fund photos into a slideshow. You can view all 130 photos here. Clicking on a photo will bring you to Flickr, where you can download your own copy. […]


Dugong and Seagrass Project Poster Presentations at MOS3 – March 2017

March 22, 2017

Dugong and seagrass experts gathered in Abu Dhabi from 13 to 16 March 2017 for the Third Meeting of Signatories (MOS3) to the Dugong Memorandum of Understanding. 18 of our project partners presented posters summarizing their work to date for the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project including partners from Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, […]


Training on Methods to Survey and Monitor Dugong and Seagrass

February 01, 2017

DSCP Indonesia invited academics, researchers, and practitioners focusing on dugong and seagrass conservation to participate in “Training on Methods to Survey and Monitor Dugong and Seagrass”. This event was held in Ancol, Jakarta, during January 30th to February 1st, 2017, and in Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi, during February 3-5, 2017. About 40 participants will be invited […]


Drones survey dugongs and seagrass. Lessons learned in Lawas, Malaysia

January 26, 2017

Our partners at the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in Lawas, Malaysia are flying drones to survey dugong populations and map seagrass meadows. The crew has logged many hours with their fleet of drones. Flying drones is not as simple as it looks and involves a lot more than manipulating joysticks on a remote control. There […]


Our friend’s and neighbours in Bahrain are conserving Bahrain’s oyster beds

January 15, 2017

The Arabian Gulf, along which Abu Dhabi is situated, is beautiful and full of wildlife. Whale Sharks, Bottle-nose dolphin, coral reef, seagrass, oh … and dugong are abundant. It sits in remarkable contrast to the arid sand and mountain deserts found inland. Not too long ago (the UAE was only founded in 1972 and oil […]


And the ‘waves’ keep rolling…from UNEP to GEF…surf over to GEF read about our Project

January 08, 2017

After recent attention from the United Nations Environment Programme, now the Global Environment Programme – GEF – is featuring our Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project on its website (see frame below). The article highlights the global project and features short excerpts from several of our partners including Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Mozambique. We are […]