As part of its active work in dolphin conservation in Brahmaputra river system for the last 7 years, Aaranyak established its community-based Dolphin Conservation Network (DCN) in 2008 across 30 dolphin priority habitats.
This DCN initiative, with one trained community youth in each of the 30 sites in dolphin and habitat monitoring as well as preventing dolphin threats at local level, has resulted in reduction in dolphin mortality by approximately 40% in these sites in 5 years. This project aims at strengthening this community based dolphin conservation initiative in these 30 sites of the Brahmaputra by bringing more community support to each DCN unit, capacity building with each DCN unit and regular monitoring of dolphins and their habitats through trained DCN units.
It will also foster community-based “stewardship” conservation developed in selected priority dolphin habitats, providing alternate oil to the fishermen engaged in dolphin oil bait fishing, implementing targeted education and mass awareness campaigns among fishermen communities, and preventing illegal fishing during the fishing ban season in association with management authorities. These activities combined will help in the long-term conservation of dolphins in Brahmaputra river system.