Dolphin Day 2017 | WWF
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Thanks to all participants!

On November 10th 2017 it was all about our love for the Irrawaddy river dolphin.

These were our goals:

Cycle for conservation!

Here at WWF-Cambodia we have nature conservation in our hearts and never miss an opportunity to celebrate our country’s treasured animals. Will you join up to make Freshwater Dolphin Day 2017 the best year yet?

On November 10th 2017 it is all about our love for the Irrawaddy river Dolphin as we come together for Freshwater Dolphin Day 2017. Will you join us in celebrating this endangered species and Cambodia’s national treasure?

The event will take place at 7am from Kratie townwith a bicycle ride to Kampi pool tourism site for the main event 9am - 12pm. 

The Irrawaddy dolphin has been at the centre of WWF-Cambodia’s conservation efforts since 2006 and this year we are celebrating the importance of the Mekong dolphin, fighting for its survival, and cleaning up our beautiful environment together. Free of charge and welcome to everyone the event is forecast to attract around 400 people and maximum participation will be encouraged and welcomed at Freshwater Dolphin Day 2017.

What will I be doing?

Starting at 7am, you and other cyclists including school children, tourists, government officials, NGO partners, WWF-Cambodia staff will travel from the river side in Kratie town to Kampi pool tourism site 13 kilometers away. After a well-earned break half way, the bicycle ride will continue to Kampi pool for the main events. These include: photography exhibitions, photo booths, government official and expert Q&A session, litter collecting, artistic demonstrations, and refreshments. There will also be educational and interactive stalls from WWF-Cambodia and Kratie NGO partners distributing material relating to our key messages of the day and their work.


Why Freshwater Dolphin Day 2017?

People across the globe celebrate the importance of freshwater dolphins each October. Cambodia is privileged to provide a home to around 80 Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins, one of only seven freshwater dolphin species in the world and we attach great importance to this day. Our dolphins inhabit the Mekong river between Kratie town and Cambodian-Lao border in Stung Treng. As well as a national treasure, it also has a long history in Cambodian culture and plays an important role in balancing and creating a healthy environment for everyone.
There has been a dramatic decrease the dolphin population in the last few decades and they are now listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. WWF-Cambodia, as part of the Cambodian Mekong Dolphin Conservation Project, has be working since 2006 to protect and conserve the dolphins by preventing deaths resulting from illegal fishing practices such as gillnets, electroshock gears, and explosives, as well as from river pollution and environmental destruction - both legal and illegal.
What will I learn at Freshwater Dolphin Day 2017?
The key message of Freshwater Dolphin Day 2017 is: The protection of the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin benefits all of us.
Our focus is on the connections between all aspects of dolphin conservation and how they rely on one another to be successful. We will focus of three sub-messages at the event: 

1. How to stop illegal fishing.
2. The importance of proper waste management.
3.  The importance of healthy ecosystems and tourism services for the wellbeing of the environment. 

The event will explore these sub-messages through participant interaction, event activities, and Q&A’s.
We want Freshwater Dolphin Day 2017 to show that, no matter how small, everyone individually can contribute actions to the survival of the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin. Following WWF-Cambodia’s motto, Together: Possible, we hope to join people from all parts of the community to come together for a morning of fun, education, and positive action!

See you next year!

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