Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin

After Siem Reap I moved to Phnom Penh. The city was pretty empty because an important Buddhist festival so  most of the people moved back to the country side.

It’s a nice city but I don’t like visit city anymore. The main reason why people go to Phnom Penh is to visit the killing field. The place where the Khmer rouge killed thousands of people kids included. I visited it but I decided to write a special post about it, the Khmer rouge and Pol Pot.

The Royal palace was closed and the national museum very small. I decided to move north leaving the south and the sea for another trip. In Cambodia and at the border with Laos there is an endangered species of dolphin the Irrawaddy. Because they need a particular environment they live in a small area which makes easy to find them. To see them you need to go to Kratie and take a boat. It’s 100% guaranteed to see them. I was the last boat and alone when the other boats left I had the opportunity to see them very close.

 

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Conservation projects:

Cambodia

Irrawaddy dolphins are fully protected as an endangered species under Cambodian Fishery Law.[24] In 2005, The World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) established the Cambodian Mekong Dolphin Conservation Project with support from government and local communities. The aim is to support the survival of the remaining population through targeted conservation activities, research and education.[25] In January 2012, the Cambodian Fisheries Administration, the Commission for Conservation and Development of Mekong River Dolphin Eco-tourism Zone, and WWF signed the “Kratie Declaration on the Conservation of the Mekong River Irrawaddy Dolphin”, an agreement binding them to work together, and setting out a roadmap for dolphin conservation in the Mekong River.[26] On August 24, 2012 the Cambodian government announced that 180-kilometer-long stretch of the Mekong River from eastern Kratie province to the border with Laos has been stated as limit fishing zone which uses floating houses, fishing cages and gill nets are disallowed, but simple fishing is allowed.[27] This area is patrolled by a network of River Guards, specifically to protect dolphins.

Laos

Canadian conservationist Ian Baird set up the Lao Community Fisheries and Dolphin Protection Project to study the Irrawaddy dolphins in the Lao part of the Mekong. Part of this project compensated fishers for the loss of nets damaged to free entangled dolphins. This project was expanded to include Cambodia, after the majority of the dolphin population was determined to have been killed or migrated to Laos’ southern neighbour.[32] The Si Phan Don Wetlands Project has successfully encouraged river communities to set aside conservation zones and establish laws to regulate how and when fish are caught.[33]

About waltersupertramp

Sono nato nel 1978 in provincia di Cremona. Nella vita si cambia, ma un aspetto di me non è mai cambiato: la voglia di scoprire cosa si nasconde dietro la prossima curva, dietro la collina, la linea d' alberi, oltre l' orizzonte. Molte sono le motivazioni che mi hanno spinto ad imboccare questa strada. Ma questa mia caratterisca è sicuramente alla base di tutto. Riflettendoci è la caratteristica che più sento mia.