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Community Engagement for Uruguay’s ‘sanctuary for whales and dolphins’
by Organización Conservación de Cetáceos/ Organization for Cetacean Conservation OCC Uruguay (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Involve coastal communities in actions and politics to continue developing a community-based management plan for Uruguay’s ‘sanctuary for whales and dolphins’ (Law Nº 19.128, 2014), in territorial waters and EEZ. Actions will ensure and reinforce cross-sectorial participation, by private sector, naval coastguard, schoolchildren, government – building awareness, motivating responsibility, and reinforcing norms and guidelines for good and viable governance of the Sanctuary.

New innovative objectives will include inspiring a new schoolchildren and younger’s generation of "guardians of the Sanctuary" and community-based proposal to Parliament for marine-coastal conservation and the avoidance of impacts for cetaceans.

Participatory process will include workshops, music and creativity, artistic posters, and development of a new app for smartphones/tablets. The aim is to empower key stakeholders for the medium and long-term.

Will increase the level of public knowledge about the threats to the conservation of cetaceans and their habitat; promote a new generation of young “guardians of the sanctuary”, along with local leaders and politicians as flag-bearers for the sanctuary; provide a boost for responsible and high-quality whale-watching, and responsible tourism along the ‘Route of the Whale’ and Uruguay’s Atlantic coast; and ensure a pro-active stance by Uruguay at international negotiations on whale conservation.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Fertilizer use efficiency
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Cleaner production
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
Reduce ship contamination
Minimize by-catch
Alert to captains during the season right whale
Staff / Technical expertise
Campaign in the main national seaport with companies and authorities
Staff / Technical expertise
Change fishing methods
Staff / Technical expertise
Letter of agreement and compromise with Naval Army
Basic information
Time-frame: July/2017 - November/2020
Uruguayan Ngo´s Environmental Network
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Rodrigo García Píngaro, Biologist, info@occ.org.uy, 59899124144
Punta del Este/Maldonado/Uruguay
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