Five-year conservation strategy for the Lahille bottlenose dolphin

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Preserving biodiversity remains an urgent imperative for the health of our planet. With the increasing challenges posed by human-caused problems, the conservation of each individual species is becoming a crucial priority. The Lahille bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops gephyreus), of which there are only a maximum of 600 specimens left, faces an increasing threat from habitat destruction, pollution, bycatch and climate change, highlighting the urgent need for concerted conservation measures.

In view of the endangered status of the Lahille bottlenose dolphin, YAQU PACHA and Nuremberg Zoo , together with the Gephyreus working group from Brazil , have initiated a strategic measure that was published only a few days ago. The aim of this collaboration was to set research priorities and coordinate conservation measures to ensure the survival of the species.

The comprehensive strategy, which follows the recommendations of the Integrated Conservation Planning for Whales and Dolphins (ICPC), is the result of extensive consultations, reviews and expert input. Five strategic areas have been identified: (1) Scientific Research and Conservation, (2) Legislation and Policy, (3) Communication, Outreach and Awareness-Raising, (4) Institutional Strengthening and Education, and (5) Citizen Science.

After careful consideration, the researchers compiled a portfolio of projects that align with each strategic line, taking into account factors such as feasibility, impact, and stakeholder involvement. Of the 26 essential projects, eight were identified as high priority, reflecting the strategic focus on initiatives with the potential to have a significant impact on conservation.

This 5-year strategic plan underlines the commitment to addressing the multiple challenges faced by the Lahille bottlenose dolphins. By promoting international cooperation, increasing stakeholder engagement and setting priorities for targeted actions, stakeholders remain firmly committed to protecting this critically endangered species.

"This document is the most important basis for a well-thought-out conservation strategy, and if we succeed in implementing the various projects, we can be sure that the Lahille bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops gephyreus) will have a future," said Dr. Lorenzo von Fersen, Chairman of YAQU PACHA and Curator of Research and Conservation at Nuremberg Zoo.

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