CSG Letters

The CSG is sometimes approached with a request to provide an expert scientific opinion on a specific issue related to cetaceans. On other occasions, members of the CSG wish to express their particular concerns about a threatened cetacean species or population, or about the potential consequences for cetaceans of a proposed development, activity or policy. This may lead to the drafting of a letter to relevant individuals or organizations, signed by an IUCN official, the CSG chairman, or a group of CSG members. A selection of previous letters of this kind (and responses to them, when available) can be read below:

2017
Let to H.E. Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia from IUCN

2016

Letter from the IUCN SSC on the Namibia live capture and export
IUCN letter Re India Waterways Bill and Ganges River Dolphin 

2014
Letter about the Vaquita to the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, from the Director General of IUCN
Letter about the Vaquita to the Mexican President from the Director General of IUCN

2013
Letter to the Spanish Government regarding swim-with-dolphin programmes
Letter to the Indonesian Government regarding a ban on captive dolphin facilities

2012
Letter to IUCN regarding the Balaclava Island Coal Export Terminal, Australia
Letter to the President of Mexico from the Director General of IUCN
Letter to the Bangladesh Government regarding the Sundarbans Cetacean Sanctuaries

Letter to Suriname regarding the Saramacca River seismic survey

2011
Letter from the CSG Chair to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation regarding Maharashtra ‘Sea World’

2010
Letter from IUCN Asia to the Indonesian Government regarding seismic surveys in the coral triangle

Letter from IUCN SSC to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, India about the negative impacts of 5 large dams on Ganges River dolphins in the Brahmaputra River

2008
Letter from the IUCN Director General to the Prime Minister of New Zealand regarding Hectors dolphins

2007
Letter from the IUCN Director General to the Mexican President regarding the vaquita
Response from the Mexican Government

Letter to the CITES Secretariat from the Cetacean and Veterinary Specialist Groups regarding capture and export of dolphins from the Solomon Islands

Letter to the Government of the Solomon Islands from the Cetacean and Veterinary Specialist Groups regarding capture and export of dolphins

2006
Letter from the SSC to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, India regarding a seismic survey in the Brahmaputra River

Letter from the CSG and IWC to Oil India regarding a seismic survey on the Brahmaputra River
Response from Oil India