[MARMAM] Whale Heritage Sites - bursary available for developing country sites
dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org
Wed Sep 27 05:07:16 PDT 2017
Established by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), Whale Heritage Sites are
an initiative aimed at increasing the protection and conservation of
cetaceans <http://whaleheritagesites.org/about/#_ftn1> and their habitats
while contributing to sustainable livelihoods, the arts, science and
Whale Heritage Site (WHS) status is granted to those places around the
world where cetaceans are celebrated through art, education, research and
cultural events; where sustainable practices and livelihoods are
continually improved to ensure the health of cetacean habitats and the
long-term economic health of human communities; and where respectful
coexistence with cetaceans is supported through law, policy and cooperation.
We are pleased to announce that there are currently three bursary payments
available of US $750 each through the Whale Heritage Fund for applications
from developing countries. This will reduce the cost of becoming a
Shortlisted Whale Heritage Site to just US $750 for the first year.
Bursaries will be granted on a first come first served basis following a
completed online application:
The outputs from the South Africa Whale Heritage Sites Summit, June 2017,
included changes to the process for WHS which will make it easier for
interested sites to apply.
We have now graduated to a three tier system
<http://whaleheritagesites.org/candidacy/> for Whale Heritage Sites:
1) Shortlisted for Candidacy
2) Candidate Site
3) Accredited Site
Shortlisted Sites can access support and expertise from the World Cetacean
Alliance as they bring together stakeholders, seek further funding, and
make initial steps towards Candidacy. This requires a payment of US$1,500
for one year and includes logo branding. Our aim is to work with the
applicant and site partners to gain the necessary support and funding to
become a Candidate Site within 12 months, and make significant steps
Please note that the new initial application process for Whale Heritage
Sites requires sites to identify 5 Partners prepared to work
collaboratively in addition to the lead applicant.
Please read below for further information on the benefits of Whale Heritage
Chief Executive Officer
*World Cetacean Alliance *
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<+44%207900%20471490>* S *dylan.wca
*E *dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org* W *worldcetaceanalliance.org
*A *Studio 3, Lower Promenade, Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1ET, UK
Benefits of Whale Heritage Sites
There are a number of environmental, social and economic benefits which
will result from the implementation of Whale Heritage Sites.
The environmental benefits of Whale Heritage Sites are:
- *Improved animal welfare:* Whale Heritage Sites will reduce the
negative impacts of whale and dolphin watching on cetaceans and encourage
the adoption of responsible practices.
- *Cetacean preservation:* Global recognition of these sites will also
help build the financial, legal and political support necessary to ensure
cetaceans are conserved for future generations.
- *Ocean conservation:* These sites will raise awareness within
destination communities and amongst visitors, of the importance of ocean
- *Enhanced Biodiversity:* Whale Heritage Sites will help to protect
critical habitat including key breeding, feeding and migratory areas for
cetaceans and other wildlife.
- *Global knowledge share:* Communication between Whale Heritage Sites
will be an important part of the programme, enhancing the reputation of
each destination and encouraging the sharing of knowledge, learning and
best practice with other destinations, including those in the developing
world, to drive up standards worldwide.
- *Furthers scientific understanding:* Whale Heritage Sites will
encourage the development and strengthening of links between maritime users
and educational and research establishments, resulting in evidence-based
management of marine resources.
The social benefits of Whale Heritage Sites are:
- *Environmental Education:* Whale Heritage Site development promotes
responsible whale and dolphin watching as an opportunity for both tourists
and locals to learn, inspire and educate others about the importance of the
- *Improved local community cohesion and interest in sustainability:*
Encourages ownership of, and pride in the marine natural heritage and the
further development of a cultural relationship between people, cetaceans,
and the sea.
- *Develops alternative livelihoods:* May reduce dependence on fishing.
Through strengthening the tourism sector and its sustainability, whale and
dolphin watching can provide alternative livelihoods for communities
formerly reliant on fishing.
- *Boosts climate change resilience:* By diversifying livelihoods and
boosting income for those reliant on the marine environment to make a
living, coastal communities are better prepared to adapt to the
fluctuations likely to result from the changing climate.
The economic benefits of Whale Heritage Sites are:
- *Increased visitor numbers:* By bringing international attention to
the destination as a responsible whale / dolphin watching site.
- *Enhanced incomes and improved livelihoods:* Important for frequently
marginalised coastal and fishing communities.
- *Increased opportunities for funding:* Whale Heritage Sites can
provide a focal point for investment from international/regional
development, environmental or community related funding streams.
- *Supports the creation of strong public/private partnerships:* These
sites require partnerships between government, the tourism sector, and NGOs
to achieve conservation and sustainability objectives. The co-operation of
these sectors should lead to the development of a stronger and more
competitive tourism offering.
- *Supports and enhances existing tourism activities:* Creation of Whale
Heritage Sites and the associated improved management of the ocean
environment will have a positive impact on other marine stakeholders
including the fishing and diving communities.
- *Capacity building:* Working towards Whale Heritage Site designation
will expand the capacity, knowledge and experience of tourism industry
stakeholders in destinations, particularly with regard to sustainability,
inter-sectoral working, quality control and strategic planning.
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