Conserving dolphins in the Mekong River: the complex challenge of competing interests

Beasley, Isabel, Marsh, Helene, Jefferson, Thomas A., and Arnold, Peter (2009) Conserving dolphins in the Mekong River: the complex challenge of competing interests. In: Campbell, Ian C.., (ed.) The Mekong: biophysical environment of an international river basin. Aquatic Ecology . Elsevier, New York, NY, USA, pp. 363-387.

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[Extract] Attempts to conserve the critically endangered population of Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) (Owen in Gray, 1866) inhabiting the lower Mekong River (Fig. 15.1) are an example of the challenge of conserving endangered species in complex economic, political, and social situations. This Irrawaddy dolphin population is small, declining, and facing numerous threats to its survival. The subpopulation inhabiting the Mekong River was classified as critically endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in 2004 (Smith and Beasley, 2004).

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ISBN: 978-0-12-374026-7
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 01:52
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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