Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit Launched


Abu Dhabi, 17 March 2017 – The Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit was launched at the Third Meeting of Signatories (MOS3) to the Dugong MOU this week by Dr Shaikha Al Dhaheri, Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Mr Hatem Nuseibah, President of Total E&P UAE and Group Representative in the UAE. The toolkit was also the main topic of the second day of the Seagrass and Dugong Technical Workshop, held after MOS3 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit is a collaboration between EAD, TOTAL, Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat, and the GEF-5 Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project.

The content of the Toolkit has been developed by a team of technical advisors from the CMS Dugong MOU’s Dugong Technical Group who are experts in dugongs, seagrasses, coastal communities and the marine environment and is designed for use by marine natural resource managers (government and non-government), researchers and decision-makers in Dugong Range States. It represents a significant contribution to the techniques and tools available for dugong and seagrass conservation research globally.

The Toolkit is available online at www.conservation.tools and is an easily accessible resource that incorporates decision-making for the selection of the most appropriate methodologies for studies of dugongs, seagrasses and the associated human communities. It will be a living resource and has the potential to make a significant contribution to dugong and seagrass conservation across the dugongs’ range.

For any questions please contact the Dugong MOU Secretariat at [email protected]



Last updated on 11 April 2017