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Since 2005 a group of local volunteers have collected basic data on the wild Sotalia guianensis dolphin population in the estuary of the Suriname River. This dolphin programme has been involved in the collection of basic data, training of volunteers and other stakeholders, and providing education and information to the general public.

The mission of this programme is:

To set up and maintain a sound community monitoring programme, educate the public about dolphin conservation and the protection of the population of wild dolphins in Suriname.


The general goal of this programme is:


the protection of the wild dolphin population through establishment and maintenance of a sound community monitoring programme that contributes to decision-making in respect to the estuary of the Suriname River.

specific goals:

●Increase knowledge of wild dolphin habitat and populations in the Suriname River Estuary to support informed environmental decision-making.

● Engage local actors in education about dolphins and the ecosystems of the estuary.

● Improve the long term sustainability of the dolphin programme.

● Engage in advocacy for the protection of wild dolphins in Suriname and the estuary as an ecosystem.ysteem.

● Promote the conservation of the marine environment in general and promote sustainable livelihoods by employing an ecosystem-based approach.

● Increase knowledge sharing among key national and international dolphin and conservation actors.

Click on below images to learn more about dolphins and manatees in Suriname:

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(c) Stellar Tsang (c) Fernando Trujillo
August 2020
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