Measuring the Indus dolphin at Sukkur © Francois Xavier Pelletier / WWF-Canon

Indus River Dolphin

What is WWF-Pakistan doing?

WWF–Pakistan is protecting and conserving the Indus River dolphin in partnership with Sindh Wildlife Department and community based conservation through:

    i. Minimising direct causes of dolphin mortality by rescuing stranded dolphins and minimising wildlife crime;
    ii. Maintaining Indus River dolphin’s population through community based conservation;
    iii. Introducing sustainable fishing practices to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystem;
    iv. Introducing better management practices in agriculture sector to minimise water pollution;
    v. Creating awareness regarding the importance and ecological role of aquatic species;
    vi. Improving livelihoods of fisher communities to reduce pressure on natural resource use;
    vii. Enhancing dolphin based ecotourism to create awareness among general public; and
    viii. Conducting scientific research to better understand Indus River dolphin’s population and its habitat.

Projects

    WWF-Pakistan has been saving dolpins through following projects:

    1. Indus River Dolphin Conservation Project – Phase I (2004 - 2007)
    2. Indus River Dolphin Conservation Project – Phase II (2007 – 2012)
    3. Conservation of the Second Largest Sub-population of the Indus River Dolphin between Taunsa and Guddu Barrages
    4. Conserving the Indus River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica minor) and Controlling Illegal Trade of Freshwater Turtles between Sukkur and Guddu Barrages (2011 – 2012)
    5. Conservation of the Indus River Dolphin and its Habitat in Pakistan through Communities’ Participation (2013 - 2014)

Book your safari

Enjoy a day sailing in the mighty Indus River, under the historic Lansdowne Bridge in Sukkur and grab a chance to spot Indus River dolphin around you. (The safaris are organised only in low flow season-February to April and October to December).

For booking of boat safari, contact at:
biodiversity@wwf.org.pk
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