Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan

Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan has launched a project with the help of NRSP-USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program for seeking fishermen community and general public support for the conservation of unique Indus Blind Dolphin.
Indus River dolphin (Platanista minor) which is locally known as Bulhan occurs only in the Indus River in Pakistan. It is also known as Indus blind dolphin as it is functionally blind due to its unique adaptation to living in turbid river environment over the long period of time.He informed that historically these dolphins were found in large number right from the Indus estuary up into the foothills of the Himalayas but now the current population of Bulhan in Indus River from Jinnah Barrage to Kotri Barrage is just

around 1400 which is not very healthy number for the survival of any wild animal species due to which it is listed as an “Endangered Species” by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
This project is working with the local fishermen community of Taunsa Barrage by raising their awareness about this unique species and by building their capacity to improve their services and skills to deal with nature loving tourists who will be willing to come for dolphin watching, bird watching and cultural sightseeing trips in organized groups. On one hand this project is providing help in conservation of this unique species and on the other hand it is improving the livelihood of local fisherman community. The income from the ecotourism activity will be an incentive and reward for the poor fishermen community and it will encourage them to be friendlier with Indus River dolphin and play active role

to conserve one of the most unique species living in the world today.These activities combined will help in the long-term conservation of River Indus Dolphin. Please go to this link and like our face book page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indus-Dolphin-Ecotourism-Project/610001945792912?ref=hl or for more information visit website indusdolphin.org .If you have any query please send us an email at email at stfp.info@gmail.com,