About Us


The River Dolphin Trust (RDT) is a not-for-profit organization that aims to support the conservation of freshwater river dolphins and their habitat by promoting science based conservation practices. Founded in 2014 by young researchers working for the Ganges river dolphin conservation in Nepal, the RDT aspires to build the collaboration among the Government agencies, scientific institutions, civil society and international organizations for better conservation of river dolphin species and their habitat. It believes that the future of river dolphins is inextricably linked with the livelihood of river dependent fishing communities that share their habitat and water development needs of the nations. So, it strives to foster co-existence among conservation, development and livelihood of fishing communities by identifying innovative solutions based on sound science and assisting stakeholders to implement them. While we believe that sound science is a key for better conservation and management of wildlife, we equally regard local community engagement and citizen science as an essential component of our conservation approach.


A world where freshwater river dolphins live in a healthy population.


To support conservation of freshwater river dolphins by promoting science based conservation practices that foster co-existence with fishing communities.


We aim to advance science based conservation practices to save freshwater dolphins and their habitat. While focusing on ecology and conservation of the Ganges river dolphin, we seek to understand the causes its population decline and strive to learn its survival needs. We believe in working approach that integrates science, conservation education and capacity building.


  • To undertake scientific studies on population, ecology and behavior of freshwater river dolphins in the wild
  • To document the impacts of anthropogenic activities on river dolphin populations and their habitat and recommend appropriate mitigation measures.
  • To assist the Government agencies in promoting conservation of river dolphins while also building capacity of related stakeholders in research and conservation through training programs.
  • To facilitate networking and co-ordination among the Government agencies, scientific institutions and international organizations for conservation of freshwater dolphins and their habitat.
  • To build local community stewardship for river dolphin conservation by working with fishermen community.