Campaigning and our administrative and fundraising expenses
Putting pressure on decision-makers on crucial problems such as captivity and reducing bycatch, WDC engages the public to increase awareness and affect meaningful change in the marine environment.
Whales and dolphins may be found across oceans and in various river systems. Our locations in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany allow us to serve clients worldwide. We provide funding for the procedures, expertise, and fundraising operations that will assist us in generating the cash and resources we need to meet our policy, research, and education objectives.
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Fieldwork and research
The work of the World Development Center is established based on rigorous science. The information and data we need for active conservation are obtained via joint long-term research and study of whales and dolphins, which has been ongoing for decades. WDC gathers and analyzes data and distributes that data to other research institutes to further the collaborative efforts to conserve whales and dolphins throughout the world, including those in the United States.
Education and outreach
Conservation of whales and dolphins can only be accomplished if sufficient people are aware of how magnificent these creatures are. For example, in addition to our “At the Helm of Conservation” outreach programs for boaters, we also visit schools in person and online, give lectures to local community members’ groups, and speak with journalists about our work at the Scottish Dolphin Center.
Participating in international forums and providing recommendations to the government
In the United States, federally appointed members of the Atlantic Large Whale and Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Teams, among other places, make important decisions affecting whales and dolphins. For example, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) are international forums where vital decisions about whales and dolphins are made. The professionals at the World Wildlife Fund advise governments, give evidence, and assist in developing conservation policy. As we oppose efforts to reintroduce commercial whaling throughout the world, our experience in advising policy is essential. It is also critical in the United States, where we are working to prevent the extinction of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and Southern resident orcas.