[MARMAM] Announcement: WCA World Whale Conference 2017, South Africa

Dylan Walker dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org
Fri Dec 9 03:56:09 PST 2016

Dear Marmamers,

WCA World Whale Conference 2017

*"Towards Responsible Tourism for Cetaceans"*

Durban, South Africa, 24th -29th June 2017

The World Cetacean Alliance <http://www.worldcetaceanalliance.org/> (WCA)
would like to invite you to register your interest in our forthcoming World
Whale Conference: Towards Responsible Tourism for Cetaceans
Durban, South Africa from 24th – 29th June 2017.

The WCA is the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales,
dolphins and porpoises. Through cooperation, our 70+ global Partners aim to
conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world’s oceans,
seas and rivers, to ensure their continued health and survival.

The WCA invites you to participate in this event to discuss how tourism can
protect and celebrate cetaceans and their habitats.

Hosted by the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau
<http://www.durbankzncb.co.za/> and eThekwini Municipality
<http://www.durban.gov.za/Pages/default.aspx>, the WCA’s 2017 Conference
will compose of two parts:

The *4th World Whale Conference* will focus on *responsible tourism for
whales and dolphins*, and will unite national, regional and global
stakeholders from whale conservation and welfare backgrounds, the whale
watching industry, travel and tourism representatives, and beyond, to share
evidence and discuss strategies to ensure the protection of cetaceans in
southern Africa and worldwide.

The *2nd Whale Heritage Sites Summit* will bring together representatives
from tourist destinations, international institutions and the private
sector along with global experts in tourism, sustainability and whale
watching to see Whale Heritage Site candidates showcase their prospective
sites, and discuss and explore opportunities for the development of new
sites in Africa and worldwide.

Conference Schedule:

*Saturday 24th June, 2017*: Social events: Community event, excursions,
dinner (tbc)

*Sunday 25th June, 2017*: Workshops (open for topic registration soon)

*Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th June, 2017*: *World Whale Conference*

*Wednesday 28th June & Thursday 29th June, 2017*: *Whale Heritage Sites
(WHS) Summit*

For more information, please register
<https://surveyplanet.com/57ff81f5c45a3306bc0eee97> your details:

*Have your say - What would you like to see at the conference?*

The WCA would like to encourage all interested parties and stakeholders to
have their say in the development of this conference by taking part in our
online questionnaire <https://surveyplanet.com/5808a853cecbdd56235f8e55>:

We look forward to seeing you in Durban!

Nikki Oliver

*Events Coordinator*

*World Cetacean Alliance *

*T *+44 (0)1273 355011*   M *+44 (0)7595 902489

*E *nikki at worldcetaceanalliance.org*   W *worldcetaceanalliance.org

*W2 *whaleheritagesites.org

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

The WCA is a proud Silver Winner at the 2016 World Responsible Tourism
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