In addition to these meetings we’ve also been continuing to reach out to individuals, businesses and organisations who show an interest in joining Shoal and have been working to formalise these organisations’ engagement in the Partnership. You can learn more about Shoal’s strategic partners and how to become one here.
We are also continuing to develop our initial suite of projects, with a Conservation Planning meeting now being organised in India to kickstart work to save the mighty hump-backed mahseer from extinction. Project Mahseer is a collaborative initiative catalysed by Shoal to save this remarkable group of fish from extinction. The project will focus on conserving these species across their range, in turn contributing towards conservation of some of Asia’s most biodiverse and threatened river systems. The project will engage with a wide range of partner organisations, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government stakeholders, universities, scientists, businesses, anglers and local communities to devise and implement conservation solutions which reduce pressure on surviving mahseer populations, and help to recover populations in areas where they have undergone rapid decline. The initial objective is to focus on the conservation of the Critically Endangered hump-backed mahseer; however, it is hoped this will be the first of many projects which is undertaken under this new initiative. Project Mahseer intends to be a long-term initiative operating over a long-time horizon. This is both due to the enormity of the challenge to save mahseer in their 11 range countries, but also to ensure that the impacts of supported conservation interventions are sustainable and enduring. This initial planning meeting is being kindly hosted by WWF-India and is a vital first step in this ambitious project to save the hump-backed mahseer from extinction.
We thank everyone who has shown an interest in Shoal so far and helped to get the Partnership to the stage where we could officially launch. We are very much looking forward to the exciting next steps in the Partnership’s development and to working with you all. If you want to find out more about any of our programmes or have ideas for how Shoal can better engage with you and your community then contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com