IUCN brochures and publications about WGWAP
Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel: Stories of Influence
IUCN, International Fund for Animal Welfare, WWF (2016)
The joint report examines the influence of an IUCN-led independent panel of scientists, which has been advising Sakhalin Energy – one of the largest companies operating in the area – as part of an innovative loan deal. The report explores how the panel generated benefits for business and conservation. It is based on interviews with more than 20 experts and stakeholders engaged in the process.
Saving Western Gray Whales / Спасти западных серых китов
IUCN (2012, 3rd updated edition)
This updated version of the brochure introduces and explains the Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP): a joint partnership between IUCN and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. The brochure details successful conservation efforts to date, and how knowledge acquired through collaboration is communicated and shared. Further scientific findings arising from the joint collaboration and future research necessary to reduce potential impacts on gray whales are discussed.
Marine Seismic Surveys: Modern Approaches for Minimizing Risks in Environmentally Sensitive Areas - Sakhalin Case Study
Meant for a non-technical audience, the brochure details an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to conducting marine seismic surveys near Sakhalin Island, home to a resident population of endangered gray whales. It provides information on the planning, monitoring, and mitigation processes that were developed for a marine seismic survey in 2010. It was produced by WGWAP scientists and their colleagues on the panel’s Noise Task Force
Learning for the Future: Lessons Learned and Documentation of the Process of Independent Scientific Review Panel for Western Gray Whales in Sakhalin
This report examines IUCN's handling of the process from the first contact with Sakhalin Energy in 2004 until the first meeting of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel in 2006, seeking to draw out the lessons from this experience so as to inform future practice
Non-IUCN brochures and materials
Gray Whales: The Sakhalin Story / Серые киты. Сахалинская история
Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd (2013)
A popular science book on gray whales - unique marine mammals. Like a human being, they breathe air through lungs, they are warm-blooded and feed their babies with milk, their bodies are also covered with a little hair. This book, dedicated to the population of Sakhalin gray whales, explains their life history and the efforts to study and preserve this population, which is included in the Red Book of Russia and the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Reducing risks to western gray whales from oil and gas activities by developing a monitoring and mitigating programme
Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd / IPIECA, the Global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (2010)
A case study in the IPIECA's collection of good practice case studies based around its document on "Managing biodiversity impacts: 10 tips for success in the oil and gas industry"