6 December 2013, Suva Fiji - By Shahani Mala, journalism student of FNU:- An agreement has been forged to strengthen collaboration on the conservation of whales and dolphins in the Pacific region.
The MoU was signed in Suva on Thursday between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
"This agreement will strengthen our joint work on Whale and Dolphin Conservation," said Mr. Sheppard.
"This MoU formalises the ongoing cooperation and collaborative efforts we have undertaken to protect Whales and Dolphins, of which research plays a large role."
Programme Leader, Dr. Cara Miller said,
"We have excellent link to the universities so I am really hopeful that strong student participation can be part of the way going forward developing further developing projects we've already begun and have been working on."
The MoU lists key activities for collaboration which include promoting research and development of environmental modeling approaches to cetacean habitat protection and promoting the development and implementation of effective national cetacean management plans in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories.
The MoU was signed during the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in Suva, Fiji.