[MARMAM] ANNOUNCEMENT: Initiative launched to create Whale Heritage Sites around the World

Dylan Walker dylan at planetwhale.com
Sun Aug 23 15:06:57 PDT 2015

Dear Marmamers,

The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is pleased to announce the launch of a
new initiative – Whale Heritage Sites – to recognise those destinations
worldwide which champion responsible whale and dolphin watching and
celebrate the cultural importance of the cetaceans living in the waters
around them.

Due to be launched on 28-29 October 2015, Whale Heritage Sites will be a
globally recognised way to identify destinations that implement and
celebrate responsible and sustainable whale and dolphin watching. Whale
Heritage Site accreditation will be awarded to destinations leading the way
in sustainability and responsible management of whale and dolphin watching,
and generating an appreciation of the culture and heritage surrounding
cetaceans and their habitats.

They will provide the travel industry with a clear marker to identify and
support sustainable practice, and create a platform for destinations to
promote their whale related culture, heritage and biodiversity.

Whale Heritage Sites will give tourists a clear way to select responsible
whale and dolphin watching holiday destinations, encouraging them to
experience these incredible animals in their natural habitat in a
sustainable and responsible way.

Whale Heritage Site status will be designated to destinations that:

1. Maintain the highest standards of responsible whale and dolphin watching;
2. Celebrate the cultural importance of whales and dolphins by engaging
communities and tourists with the arts, science, music, education and events

Designation of a destination as a Whale Heritage Site will facilitate
marketing and promotion, boost visitor numbers and the incomes of tourism
providers, enable sustainable management of marine resources and celebrate
history, the environment, and cultural identity.

Twelve destinations are currently being analysed to understand how their
frameworks could be adapted as 'best practice models' for Whale Heritage
Sites. These are: Azores, Portugal; Silver Bank, Dominican Republic; El
Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Mexico; Hervey Bay, Australia; Iceland;
Kaikoura, New Zealand; Massachusetts, USA; Outer Barrier Reef, Australia;
Washington State / British Columbia (USA/Canada); Peninsula Valdez,
Argentina; South Africa; and Tonga.


The first Whale Heritage Sites Summit will be held 28-30 October in the
Azores Islands, reflecting the islands’ long standing position as a mecca
for whale and dolphin enthusiasts, for its contribution to cetacean
research, and its close cultural links with cetaceans.

For more information about Whale Heritage Sites:


For more information about the Whale Heritage Sites Summit to be held on
Faial in the Azores on 28 – 30 October 2015:


Please contact me if you require further information about Whale Heritage
Sites or the Summit.


Dylan Walker

*WCA Secretariat*

*Without collaboration we will achieve nothing more than a drop in the
ocean. ~ Jean-Michel Cousteau, Honorary President, WCA*

*WCA, Studio 3, Lower Promenade, Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1ET, UK *

*Office: +44(0)1273 355011 <%2B44%280%291273%20355011>. Mob: +44(0)7900
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