About Us

Gangetic Dolphin Conservation Group (GDCG)  is a non-profit advocacy group to raise public awareness about Gangetic Dolphins, their habitats and conservation efforts.

The objective is also to collate and share information about various conservation efforts related to the Gangetic dolphin and where possible provide “on the ground” assistance, to help in the conservation of highly endangered marine animals in the Indian subcontinent along River Ganges and its tributaries.

OBJECTIVES:

a. Collate the information on organisations and people working on GDs
b. Understand and share the threats and challenges for the GDs
c. Gather and share current media news reports on GDs
d. Raise public awareness, gather public support for the campaign and influence policy making
e. Study existing techniques for GD survey and conservation and evaluate them. Gather support for widespread implementation of the best techniques suited to local conditions.
f. Encourage studies towards improving water quality with the help of researchers, students & scholars and help speed up study processes
GOALS:
a. Remove Ganges dolphins from IUCN red list – To stabilize the population and restore
b. Reduce/minimize anthropogenic effects on the Ganges river systems
c. Protect GD’s habitat which inturn will protect other marine species
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About the Gangetic Dolphin:

“The Gangetic Dolphin or the Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) is one of two sub-species of freshwater or river dolphins found in the Indian Subcontinent.

It is found mainly in the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and their tributaries in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. It is recognised by the Indian Government as the National Aquatic Animal.

The Gangetic Dolphin is listed by the IUCN as an “endangered” species on their Red List of Threatened Species.

The main threats to the species include pollution along the river due to industrial and agricultural chemicals, entanglement in fishing nets and killing for oil and meat which is used as a liniment, as an aphrodisiac and as bait for catfish.

The most important factor for the decline of dolphin numbers is the building of several dams along the Ganges river and its tributaries, causing a segregation of populations, and a narrowing of the gene pool.

In National Chambal Sanctuary, the decrease in river depth and the appearance of sand bars causes danger to the dolphins as the river is divided into small segments.”
(Source: Wikipedia)

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Compiling of links/reports/NGO and conservationists information

We will be compiling various news updates, links, reports, and the contacts of various NGOs and conservationists involved with the Gangetic Dolphin.

If you have any information that we may have missed out, or would be useful to use, please do leave a commentbelow, or write to us at gangeticdolphinCG@gmail.com

 

 

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