CMS-UNEP Dugong Questionnaire Survey

Development of a dugong-oriented questionnaire-based survey (which can also collect data on marine turtles and cetaceans) by an expert panel using the outcomes of various past interview survey initiatives.

The information collected by the surveys can assist in determining the distribution and abundance of dugong populations, help identify and map areas of important dugong habitat such as sea grass beds, and assess the risk of, and develop measures to mitigate degradation of dugong populations and their habitats. The standardised survey protocol can also be of great benefit for comparisons within and across regions.

To provide a survey protocol that can be implemented rapidly and at low cost, has the required scientific rigor to be quantifiable, links spatial and demographic data, is easy to report and flexible in its approach.

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