I would to inform you of some good news! ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and NorthSeas) has awarded the Sea Watch Foundation for recognition of efforts to further the conservation of small cetaceans in an agreement area.
ASCOBANS is an agreement between engaged Parties in North-western Europe that are obliged to cooperate and take part in habitat conservation management, surveys and research, pollution, mitigation and public information. They were formed under the auspices of the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Convention on Migratory Species in 1991 and came into force in March 1994. During the 16th Meeting of the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee, 20-24 April 2009, Brugge, Belgium, comprising of government representatives of NW European countries within the Agreement area as well as representatives of UNEP and non-governmental organisations, the Sea Watch Foundation was announced as the winner of the triennial award.
There are many large organisations that are dedicated to the conservation, education and outreach of small cetaceans, so it really is an honour for Sea Watch to be recognised as an organisation that has a significant impact on the conservation of cetaceans in the UK. We at Sea Watch would like to thank you for your efforts and support which have contributed to Sea Watch’s achievements.
The award will be presented at the UN campus in Bonn this September by the executive secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species UNEP and will be publicly announced shortly.