ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, Northeast Atlantic, Irish and NorthSeas) has awarded SWF 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. During the meeting of the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee 20-24 April 2009, comprising of government representatives of NW European countries as well as representatives of UNEP and non-governmental organisations, SWF was announced as 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. The award will be presented at the UN campus in Bonn September 2009 by the executive secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species UNEP.