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Association ELI-S

Know and understand to better protect humpback whales and their environment.

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Association ELI-S
The Cetacean Conservation Project of Nicaragua is a community-based research and conservation initiative that educates the public while simultaneously generating baseline information on humpback whale presence, distribution, and population size through a scientific program.

Our actions

The objectives/aims of the project are to :
1. Monitor the occurrence and distribution of humpback whales off the southwestern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua through a comprehensive Scientific Program

2. Increase awareness and understanding of the environment and promote its conservation amongst the community through a comprehensive Education Program

3. Recommend sustainable eco-tourism activities, waste management strategies, and conservation strategies for humpback whales to local stakeholders through a comprehensive Conservation Program

Association ELI-S – Who are we ?

Association ELI-S has the objective to promote, transmit and develop science (and sport) for all audiences through two sections: ELI-Sport and ELI-Scientific. Association ELI-S has a branch in France – association loi 1901 (2013) and Australia – Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (2020).

Save whales

Objective 1 : Improve animal welfare
Our project’s objective is to preserve humpback whales’ critical habitat by: 1) decreasing trash in the environment (clean-ups and development of eco-sustainable products); 2) offering baseline information for decision makers to identify and protect critical habitats; 3) raising awareness of fishermen regarding their impact on ecosystems, and promoting sustainable fishing / eco-tourism activities. We submit yearly our report to the Ministry of Environment, offer information sessions to fishermen, and develop a network with local communities. In 2020, we collected about 350 kg of trash during four clean-up sessions.

Objective 2 : Education of public and training
Our project’s objective is to raise awareness amongst local communities through our environmental science classes given to children from 6-12 years old. Already 200 children have attended our workshops and classes. We organized and participated in up to 100 events since 2016 to raise awareness through public conferences, charity events, fairs and festivals. Training in marine mammal research techniques are offered to national students of the University of Managua.

Objective 3 : Promote scientific research
Our project’s objective is to promote scientific research through the publication of peer-reviewed papers, participation in scientific conferences, creation of a citizen science network, and development of the future generation of marine scientists through our training program for national and international biologists. Since 2016, we have published three peer-reviewed papers, participated in ten conferences, developed a citizen science network of about 55 observers, and trained 35 early-career scientists.

Thanks to you

By collecting drops you support our three pillars of the project: science, education and conservation. The money is used to pay the staff and the materials needed for the implementation of our actions.


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Date Amount excl tx
31/12/2020 91.0197 $
31/12/2019 115.7411 $
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