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Project Pacific Whales is Launched

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The Pacific Island region is home to over half the world’s species of cetaceans, whales and dolphins, including some of the least known, and as such members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) agreed to focus their activities in 2016 and 2017 on a targeted regional campaign on whales.

The ‘Protect Pacific Whales – Ocean Voyagers’ Campaign provides an opportunity for SPREP and all its Members and partners (including the WCA) to celebrate these magnificent creatures, raise awareness on whale conservation as well as ocean conservation. What happens in the ocean will inevitably impact whales. The campaign will also address the problems whales face as ocean-dwellers as this will ultimately impact all people.

The programme of work that is envisaged for the Protect Pacific Whales Campaign is an ambitious combination of scientific research, training and capacity-building, exchange of information, and cultural and artistic celebration.

Join us to celebrate whales and their place in Pacific cultures! Together we can work towards promoting their protection in the face of emerging threats and support measures to enhance their conservation. We can all aim to maximise the economic return available to Pacific island communities from the development and application of best-practice guidelines for whale-watching.

For more information, visit our website (English and French versions available) https://www.sprep.org/yearofthewhale and contact us at pacificwhales@sprep.org

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