At the 68th International Whaling Commission meeting held in Portoroz, Slovenia in 2022, India, as one of the member countries, spoke about the conservation initiatives of dolphins in the country. The government officials from the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forest (MOEFCC) put forth their agenda and suggestions in the forum. They talked about the need for a more inclusive participation from the developing countries in Asia and SouthEast Asia, which was largely missing.
On the research front, they discussed how India is already leading in the conservation of dolphins, and is way ahead of the commission’s prescribed strategies. In this story, Sharada Balasubramanian, an environmental journalist, who received Earth Journalism Network's Biodiversity Media Initiative to cover the conference, spoke to the Indian delegation at the IWC, Dr. Vishnupriya Kollipakkam, Scientist from the Wildlife Institute of India and Bivash Ranjan, Additional Director General of Forests, MOEFCC.