Because conservation practitioners including frontline parks staffs do not have enough time to look at research work for all wildlife, they lack the technical expertise necessary to effectively manage the river habitats for river dolphins and deal with diverse and continually emerging threats for river ecosystem. Similarly, the existing government institutions assigned to manage the protected areas requires technical knowhow to monitor the state of river biodiversity and manage it in a way that is beneficial for both people and nature. Building capacity of local key stakeholders is thus crucial to achieve conservation goals.
The RDT aims to enhance the conservation by building capacity of frontline park staffs, local youths and fisher community on dolphin monitoring techniques and other skills necessary to manage the river habitat so that they can put their efforts in a way that we need for saving the species. The guiding philosophy of this program is that these local stakeholders take the lead on protecting their own resource (dolphin, its habitat and fish) through active involvement in conservation efforts. Our objective is just to build their capacity and facilitate the process.
We have established the volunteer Dolphin Conservation Groups (DCGs) at major dolphin hotspots of Karnali River and have trained them on dolphin monitoring techniques.