Management Model

Type of Investment:

  • Non-reimbursable cooperation
  • Environmental responsibility

Benefits of the Project:

  • Establish the number of individual dolphins in the area
  • Benefits local communities who live o the touristic attraction of dolphin sightseeing
  • Public acknowledgment and image of corporate social responsibility associated to the project
  • The conservation of this species allows Ecuador to demonstrate its commitment at the international level to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals # 14


Implement conservation measures and monitoring of bufeo dolphin population (Tursiops truncatus) at the Wildlife Refuge El Morro, province of Guayas.

Project Details

The project will be applied at the Wildlife Refuge “El Morro”, Gulf of Guayaquil, province of Guayas. This zone is internationally known for its bufeo dolphin population. The purpose of the project is to establish measures to manage and mitigate the impacts that the dolphin population is experiencing as a result of human actions in its habitat.

Technical description of the Project

  • Bufeo dolphins are present in the zone; adults usually are between 2.5 to 3.2 m. in length
  • There are 7 communities in the Gulf of Guayaquil, the population in this area is small with a decreasing trend
  • The existing and future infrastructure in this area might have direct and significant effect on the habitat of this species, putting at risk their survival and viability of optimum population levels


  • Tour operators of the area for dolphin sightseeing
  • Artisan fishermen
  • Research: institutes and universities

Regulatory Framework

The project is framed within the:

  • Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador
  • Organic Code of Territorial Organization, Autonomy and Decentralization COOTAD
  • Organic Environmental Code
  • National strategy on biodiversity
  • Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14-CDB – United Nations

Enviromental Responsability

  • Public acknowledgment and image of corporate social responsibility for supporting protected areas (in regards to the type and length of support)
  • Co-Branding
  • Creation of new technologies


Mangrove Wildlife Refuge El Morro, province of Guayas.