Friday, October 5, 2012
Census of dolphins to begin today
Officials of Uttar Pradesh forest department and World Wildlife Fund-India would start a three-day census of gangetic river dolphins in five rivers of the state on Friday. The census will get the first baseline data on the species, based on which the action plan for conservation of the dolphins will be planned. The census and the awareness programme will be flagged off by transport minister Raja Aridaman Singh. "This will be the biggest ever single census done for this species," said Rupak De, PCCF (Wildlife), UP. The count will conclude on Sunday, October 7. The total number of dolphins found in the state will be announced by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. In order to ensure transparency in the exercise, the forest department has roped in 14 NGOs to participate in the census and the awareness programme. The campaign, being launched to survey the number of gangetic dolphins present across 2,800-km stretch of the river Ganga and its tributaries (Yamuna, Son, Ken, Betwa, Ghagra and Gerua), will also look at raising awareness among the local communities in and around the banks of the Ganga about the presence and conservation of the national aquatic mammal as well as helping in capacity building of stakeholders associated with the conservation of the mammal.
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