WDC’s outreach and education work has been recognised at this week’s ASCOBANS meeting – a regional agreement by a range of nations regarding the protection of certain species of whale and dolphin.
The ASCOBANS Outreach and Education Award was presented to WDC CEO, Chris Butler Stroud, and recognizes the crucial role of education in motivating people to protect the natural world.
Education can increase public awareness the need and ways to conserve small species of whale and dolphin.
The award also highlighted WDC’s role as an international leader in educating and exciting people of all ages about whales and dolphins, and the organisation’s work to promote its core belief that whales and dolphins have the right to exist as nature intends, not as humans decide.
The awards panel praised WDC’s informative social media accounts, active website for adults and kids, public outreach campaigns, reports and articles on conservation efforts , and media work publicising whale and dolphins threats.
Also praised were WDC bespoke material for younger audiences, including fun facts and activities, videos and sound recordings, the opportunity to earn a Dolphin Diploma, educational materials for schools, such as activity booklets, to be incorporated into curriculum or used as a stand-alone activity.
The panel commented; ‘Thanks to the work of WDC, more people are informed and perhaps motivated to protect the incredible whales and dolphins that make their homes across the world. Their dedication to creating a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free is admirable.’