[MARMAM] ANNOUNCEMENT: WCA's World Whale Conference 2017

Nikki Oliver nikki at worldcetaceanalliance.org
Wed Nov 16 07:02:43 PST 2016

WCA's World Whale Conference 2017

*"Towards Responsible Tourism for Cetaceans"*

*Durban, South Africa *

*24th -29th June 2017*

Dear MARMAMers,

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.

“*As an international partnership it is very important for us to reach out
to our African colleagues and welcome them to this important event for
everybody interested in marine conservation and ecotourism. We have been
hugely impressed with Kwazulu-Natal, its friendly people, and its focus on
conservation and sustainability – all key ingredients for this conference
and summit*.” Dylan Walker, CEO, World Cetacean Alliance.

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 WHS candidates showcase their destinations, and discuss and
explore opportunities for the development of new sites in Africa and

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 *

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The WCA is proud to be a finalist at the 2016 World Responsible Tourism


*The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is a Partnership of over 70 non-profit
organisations, whale and dolphin watching tour operators and individuals in
35 countries worldwide working collaboratively to protect cetaceans and
their habitats. World Cetacean Alliance, the Secretariat to the
Partnership, is a UK registered Charity no. 1160484. *

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