Launching this year, the World Cetacean Alliance has introduced the implementation of Whale Heritage Sites, acting as a globally recognised way to identify and award destinations that implement and celebrate responsible and sustainable whale and dolphin watching.
But that’s only half the story. Whale Heritage Sites will also be locations where coastal communities celebrate cetaceans and marine biodiversity through cultural activities represented by the arts, music, science, education and events. These sites will deliver long-term protection for marine habitats and sustainable development for the coastal communities that depend on the sea by inspiring local people to value their whale heritage.
For more information about Whale Heritage Sites visit: http://whaleheritagesites.org/
Why are Whale Heritage Sites Important?
The World Cetacean Alliance believes whales and dolphins should be protected and celebrated wherever they are found in the wild. Not only because they are charismatic emblems of our seas and indicators of the health of marine ecosystems, but also, and perhaps most importantly, because they have the power to inspire millions of people to care about our oceans.
As concern about the welfare implications of keeping these animals in captivity increases and the demand for experiential holidays rises, the number of people wanting to watch cetaceans in their natural habitats is set to expand worldwide. But as whale watching grows, it is important to ensure that it develops in a way that is sensitive to the environment, the welfare of the animals involved and the livelihoods of local communities.
In many parts of the world where the industry has grown up with little regulation, it is in danger of becoming increasingly unsustainable and in some of the worst cases is causing behavioural change or physical harm to the very animals that attract tourists and support livelihoods. This is where Whale Heritage Sites come in…
How Can You Help?
The costs of accreditation for Whale Heritage Sites can act as a potential barrier for their implementation in certain developing nations. With your help we can act to provide support to areas that overwhelmingly fulfill the criteria for Whale Heritage Site implementation, helping to both conserve and protect cetaceans whilst aiding sustainable development within local communities. From a small to a large donation, your support will be greatly appreciated by the communities, sites and cetaceans your donation will act to support.
From all at the World Cetacean Alliance, thank you for your help.
To donate please go to: http://www.chuffed.org/project/communities-for-whales