After Project Tiger and Project Elephant, India to have Project Dolphin, says PM Modi 

A Ganges river dolphin leaping out of water | Commons

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday announced the launch of Project Dolphin to boost the conservation of both river and sea dolphins in India.

“India is committed to protect its biodiversity. We have successfully carried out Project Tiger and Project Elephant,” Modi said, adding that both projects have successfully improved the population of tigers and elephants in the country.

Now, Project Dolphin will focus on both river and sea dolphins, Modi said.

The announcement comes at a time when Bihar and West Bengal, both of which provide habitat to river dolphins, are headed for elections. While Bihar elections are scheduled  later this year, West Bengal will go to polls in 2021.

Modi added that the project will boost the biodiversity as well as help provide livelihoods. The project will also help boost tourism, he said. 

In a statement shared with the media, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change said the Project Dolphin will involve conservation of dolphins and the aquatic habitat through use of modern technology, specially in enumeration and anti-poaching activities. 

“The project will engage the fishermen and other river/ocean dependent populations and will strive for improving the livelihood of the local communities. The conservation of dolphins will also envisage activities, which will also help in the mitigation of pollution in rivers and in the oceans,” the statement said. 

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