[MARMAM] Whale Heritage Sites - bursary available for developing country sites

Dylan Walker dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org
Wed Sep 27 05:07:16 PDT 2017


Dear Marmamers,

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
education.

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:

http://whaleheritagesites.org/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
towards accreditation.

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
Sites.

Regards,


Dylan Walker

Chief Executive Officer


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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.
Environmental

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
   conservation.
   - *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.

Social

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
   ocean environment.
   - *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.

Economic

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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