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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

From the 13th CITES CoP: EU Supports Thailand's Proposal on Irrawady Dolphin

The European Union expressed today, its support for Thailand's proposal to give greater protection to the Irrawady dolphin, so that international trade together with other factors will not have a detrimental implact on the species.

Thailand has proposed that the Irrawady dolphin move from Appendix II to Appendix I, so that no trade can be conducted unless it is for study, research or breeding. Apart from Thailand, the Irrawady dolphin is usually found in shallow waters in Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar.

Irrawady dolphin. Photo credit: WWF Indochina

The number of this species is on the decline and reproduction in nature faces limitations.

Spokesman of Thailand's House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment Siri Wangboonkerd said that Thailand's proposal on the Irrawady dolphin is rational. He wants the country to play an increasingly vital role to conserve the Irrawady dolphin to free it from uncontrolled trade.

Mr Siri also revealed that the Irrawady dolphin has reportedly been a sought-after animal by water gardens worldwide. - CITES CoP13