Here’s a compilation of various academic/NGO reports on the status of the Gangetic Dolphins, their habitats, threats to their survival, and policy recommendations.  Kindly write to us if we have missed out any, by leaving a comment below, or by sending an email to

* Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) ‘s detailed write-up on the Gangetic Dolphin including description, distribution, population etc. Read this here.

* Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) One Page Write Up about Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary VGDS led by Dr. Sunil Choudhary.  VGDS is the only protected area in the world for the protection and conservation of Gangetic Dolphins.

Ganges River Dolphin Habitats is another one-pager by WDCS talking about the study over the 60km stretch of the Ganges from Sultanganj to Kahalgaon.
* World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)’s 2010 report entitled, “River Dolphins & People: Shared Rivers, Shared Future” can be downloaded here.

*  IUCN booklet called, ” Biology and Conservation of Freshwater Cetaceans in Asia” which has reports, research articles and conservation strategies for freshwater dolphins in Asia. It can be accessed here.

Yayasan Konservasi Indonesia RASI / Conservation Foundation of Rare Aquatic Species Indonesia 2010

Establishing Protected Areas for Freshwater Cetaceans was a workshop ” meant to create an international platform for an intensive exchange of knowledge and experiences of all Asian countries where river dolphins occur and riverine protected areas are established or in progress. Freshwater dolphins and porpoises are among the world’s most threatened species, which have dramatically declined in numbers and range, especially in Asia (Reeves et al., 2000). This is mostly a result of high direct mortalities due to by-catch in gillnet fisheries and because their habitat has been highly modified and degraded by human activities, which is impacting on their food resources and health. Five out of the seven existing cetacean taxa with freshwater populations occur in Asia, and all populations are threatened with extinction or presumed extinct.”

You may download the report here

* South Asian Seas is a document by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which shows the status of the seas and the conservation challenges of India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
You may access the report here.

* UNEP’s Conceptual Framework and Planning Guidelines for Integrated Coastal Area and River Basin Management

* IUCN Guidelines for Applying Protected Area Management Categories edited by Nigel Dudley is a 2008 report by the Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) outlining the protected areas management categories recognised by the Convention on Biological Diversity. You may download the report here.


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