Dylan Walker dylan at planetwhale.com
Wed Jul 22 16:47:31 PDT 2015

Dear Marmamers.

The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) in partnership with the Azores Promotion
Board would like to invite interested participants to the WCA World Whale
Conference and Whale Heritage Sites Summit, taking place at the Teatro
Faialense, Horta, Azores, 26-30 October 2015.

Attendance of the Whale Heritage Sites Summit is free to all attendees.
Attendance of the Conference is free for WCA Partners and attendees
resident in the Azores. Non-partners and non-residents can attend by paying
the annual membership fee to join the WCA.

We welcome your involvement and input in these two important meetings,
which we hope will have a positive impact for whales and dolphins both in
the Azores and worldwide.

*World Whale Conference 26-27 October 2015*
The World Whale Conference will see whale and dolphin experts, charities,
and whale watching companies from across the world arriving in the Azores
to discuss how the World Cetacean Alliance and its Partners can work
together to effectively protect cetaceans through four global programmes
on: 1) Cetacean captivity, 2) Responsible whale and dolphin watching, 3)
Threatened  and data deficient species (with an emphasis on beaked whales),
and 4) Ghost fishing gear and entanglement.

*Whale Heritage Sites Summit 28-30 October 2015*
To promote whale watching to the public and encourage the adoption of
responsible whale watching practices in destinations across the world, the
World Cetacean Alliance is developing an accreditation scheme that will
lead to the designation of Whale Heritage Sites. This will allow
destinations leading the way in sustainability and responsible management
of whale and dolphin watching to be rewarded with greater public awareness.

It will also generate an appreciation of the culture and heritage
surrounding cetaceans and whale watching in destinations amongst consumers,
and provide tour operators wanting to feature sustainable whale watching
initiatives within their portfolios a clear starting place from which to

Whale Heritage Site status will be designated to destinations that:

- Celebrate the cultural importance of whales and dolphins by engaging
communities and tourists with the arts, science, music, education and events

- Maintain the highest standards of responsible whale and dolphin watching

The Whale Heritage Site concept will be launched at the Whale Heritage
Sites Summit. At this three day meeting, representatives from tourist
destinations, international institutions and the private sector will come
together with global experts in tourism, sustainability and whale watching
to discuss the Whale Heritage Site concept and agree the criteria for site

Help us by attending and discussing what you think a Whale Heritage Site
should be like? Your ideas, along with the ideas of other interested
parties, will then be taken forward in a pilot project in the Azores in
2016 to attempt to establish the World's first Whale Heritage Site. Other
destinations interested in achieving Whale Heritage Site status will also
be asked to register their interest at the Summit in October.

Programme in brief (full itinerary will follow soon)

Sunday 25 October: Excursion
- Whales, dolphins and volcanoes!

Monday 26 October: World Whale Conference and AGM
- Global programmes to protect cetaceans

Tuesday 27 October: World Whale Conference
-  Global programmes to protect cetaceans

Wednesday 28 October: Whale Heritage Sites Summit – Day 1
- Welcome, keynote speech, presentations, defining criteria, discussions

Thursday 29 October: Whale Heritage Sites Summit – Day 2
- Presentations about Azores, expert endorsement, next steps, launch,
launch party

Friday 30 October: Workshop. Azores – planning for Whale Heritage Site
- Meeting of Azores stakeholders to agree Azores Whale Festival plans and
discuss responsible whale watching

For more information please contact Dylan Walker at
dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org or call the WCA on +44 (0)1273 355011.

If you would like to attend the conference and/or Summit please register


We look forward to welcoming you to the World Whale Conference and Whale
Heritage Sites Summit this October.


Dylan Walker, WCA Secretariat, and Francisco Gil, Azores Promotion Board

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

Office: +44(0)1273 355011 <%2B44%280%291273%20355011>
Web: www.worldcetaceanalliance.org
Email: dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org
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