In July 2006 the Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project (BCDP) was initiated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in response to studies that found a diverse and abundant cetacean fauna in Bangladeshi waters requiring conservation interventions and additional research to ensure long term viability.
In addition to scientific research and capacity building, we foster support for cetacean conservation through increasing public awareness and educational outreach programs.
The BCDP Objectives include:
Conduct systematic research and monitoring of cetacean populations and habitat
Work with government agencies and local communities to identify and address threats to cetaceans
Develop a conservation management plan with recommendations for an effectively managed Protected Area Network with local and government input and support
Provide training and technical support for scientists and resource managers to devise, advocate and implement rigorous research and effective conservation interventions
Foster support for cetacean conservation through community education programs, development of educational materials for dissemination through popular media, and workshops and meetings with government officials and NGO representatives