Save the Dugong Campaign

The Dugong (Dugong dugon) is a herbivorous marine mammal that lives in a large area covering 37 countries and territories. In most of these countries and territories, however, the dugong is on the verge of extinction.

One urgent case is in Okinawa, Japan, where the northernmost dugongs in this habitat face the possibility of extinction due to the Japanese and US governments’ plan to construct a US Marine Corps facility.

Save the Dugong Campaign Center (SDCC), a Japanese NGO and a member of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature that acts to protect the dugong living in a southern part of Japan joined the IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, from 5 to 14 of October 2008.

The SDCC motion that calls on Japan and the US to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment before authorizing construction of a US Marine Corps facility on Okinawa to ensure that dugongs in the area will not be threatened was adopted as a resolution “Promotion of Dugong during the UN 2010 International Year for Biodiversity” during the IUCN congress held in 2008.

However, the Japanese and the US governments have not agreed to implement this resolution. The SDCC is thus collecting signatures for our online petition to call for
immediate implementation of the IUCN resolution: Online petition