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Bid to halt polar bear trade fails

In Bangkok, Thailand a joint Russian and US proposal to protect polar bears from international trade has failed. In no short measure this is thanks to the EU failing to vote in favour. Indeed, the EU’s fumbles at trying to achieve a compromise that pandered to Denmark and its Greenlanders (who don’t export polar bears,…

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Engaging with the whale watch community at Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Vanessa Williams-Grey, WDC’s responsible whale watching lead, is currently in Sri Lanka working with the country’s burgeoning whale watching industry. Here we follow her travels and her work to put best practices into place.  Believe me, I’m as surprised as anyone to find myself writing about blue whales from what can only be described as…

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Iceland 2013: Saga #11 Winter whale watching-a crazy idea or simply brilliant after all!

This blog entry will be a two-parter and is written by our good friends and colleagues at Elding Whale Watching in Reykjavik. (www.elding.is). Here, María Björk Gunnarsdóttir, introduces us to Iceland’s winter whale watching opportunities. Nowadays a lot of emphasis is being put on promoting Iceland as a whole year destination. Marketing the winters is…

CITES – Denmark determined to gut the Polar Bear and the EU

Whilst the US and the Russian Federation have managed to agree that the polar bear deserves the protection of banning trade at this years CITES meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, it appears that Denmark and Greenland alongside Canada are determined to ensure that the polar bear is not protected come hell or high water. Yes, polar…

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Best for blues?

Our colleague Vanessa Williams-Grey is in Sri Lanka for Whale and Dolphin Conservation helping the people of Sri Lanka establish responsible whale watching. All photos courtesy Andrew Sutton. She writes from the field from what sounds like a stunning part of the world. Engaging with the whale watch community at Mirissa, Sri Lanka Believe me,…

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Iceland 2013: Saga #10 – Tourism, whaling and the 'When in Rome' myth

With all the talk of whales these past few weeks and the excitement of people seeing these amazing animals just metres from shore, it could be easy to forget the much darker side of man’s interest in these sentient, intelligent mammals. When I arrived in Iceland in January, preparations were underway to celebrate the mid-winter…