Cetacean Conservation in Southern Africa – challenges and opportunities


Please join us for a 1-day workshop on Sunday 23 June at the World Whale Conference, Durban, South Africa

Aim: Identify key issues and challenges affecting cetaceans and their habitats in southern Africa and discuss practical solutions through research, conservation, and collaboration.



Dolphins in wave
© Lloyd Edwards/Raggy Charters

Hosted by the World Cetacean Alliance and Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau as part of the 4th World Whale Conference, this workshop will unite national, regional and global stakeholders from cetacean conservation and research backgrounds, the whale watching industry, travel, and government representatives, to share evidence and discuss strategies to ensure the protection of cetaceans across southern Africa.

The workshop will welcome short talks from across disciplines, aimed at highlighting the key threats to cetaceans in the region. The afternoon session will look at the challenges and opportunities to mitigate these threats in the context of the unique cultural, political, economic, and environmental situation in the region.


Workshop Proposal Submission Guidelines

If you wish to submit a proposal to provide a short talk at the Workshop please email dylan@worldcetaceanalliance.org as soon as possible with a short summary proposal (less than 300 words).


Luena Fernandes

Projeto Baleia Jubarte/Instituto Baleia Jubarte, Caixa Postal 92, Praia do Forte, Bahia,
48287-000, Brazil. E-mail: luena.fernandes@baleiajubarte.org.br

The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary: opportunities for the sustainable, non-lethal and nonextractive
use of whales
The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary (SAWS) proposal is co-sponsored by the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Gabon, South Africa and Uruguay, with the support of other International Whaling Commission (IWC) members. The proposal reasserts the biodiversity conservation interests of developing countries through the sustainable, non-lethal and non-extractive utilization of whale resources in the South Atlantic Ocean. It fully meets the interests of the region’s coastal communities, many of which have already been benefitting from the gradual recovery of whale species and populations, whose conservation in the
long-term may potentially extend social-economic benefits to thousands of other citizens in those countries. It also provides a platform for cooperation and exchange of non-lethal research activities and for the sustainable management of whale-watching tourism, and significantly broadens the region’s relevance in the international market for this type of ecotourism.

In the face of the present and potential threats to whale stocks and their habitats within the proposed sanctuary, the SAWS Management Plan (MP) was designed to guide the management of these threats and monitor their recovery in the South Atlantic Ocean. Its implementation will require cooperation and coordination among government agencies, as well as private organizations and individuals.
An IWC Whale Sanctuary is not a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the generally accepted interpretation of these, since under the IWC it would only prevent commercial direct takes from impacting cetacean populations. The proposed SAWS, therefore, is intended to promote cooperation well beyond this restricted interpretation, including support for the coordination among
MPAs established at national levels or under other relevant international initiatives. Novel designs of MPAs guided by a consideration of marine mammal distribution and life history may greatly enhance the effectiveness of existing protective measures and the SAWS may help provide the cooperation framework for such innovative planning.


More speakers to follow…


Further info

Workshops are open to all delegates and on all subjects relating to cetaceans. If room space becomes limited, priority will be given to workshops focused on African cetaceans or of likely interest to African participants.

For any general questions concerning workshops or confirmation that you would like to attend, please contact the Conference Organiser at admin@worldwhaleconference.org


Workshop fees

Full Day: South African Rand (ZAR) 500 per attendee

Half Day: South African Rand (ZAR) 300 per attendee

**Minimum number of attendees = 10**

(The fee includes use of venue, wireless HD projector, pointers/presenters, complimentary 500MB voucher per delegate, conference stationery, 1 x flip chart with markers, refreshments on arrival/mid-morning/afternoon, bottled water, cordials, sweets and lunch(full day only).)

Workshop organisers and participants are required to be registered conference delegates (delegate fees apply). See http://worldwhaleconference.org/