Abundance, Distribution and Conservation Status of the Irrawaddy Dolphin in Riverine and Coastal Waters of Cambodia
Previous to 2001, no research had been undertaken on coastal cetaceans in Cambodia and minimal research had been conducted on the riverine Irrawaddy dolphin population. The aim of this research is to initiate a detailed assessment on the current status of the Irrawaddy dolphin which inhabits the Mekong River and coastal waters of Cambodia. The primary objectives are to:
investigate abundance, distribution and habitat preferences,
assess threats to both the riverine and coastal populations,
investigate public perceptions towards Irrawaddy dolphins and conservation in Cambodia,
initiate community-based education and management programs, and
conduct training programs and workshops to increase capacity of local Cambodians to undertake marine mammal research.
Preliminary research on cetaceans in Cambodia has been conducted during 2001, however, further preliminary research is essential in order to formulate a larger scale project to be initiated in 2003.