Cet Law’s Natalie Barefoot representing WCA with David Sheppard, SPREP Director General, at the signing ceremony.
As part of the efforts to improve protections and conservation of whales throughout the Pacific region, a new partnership was formed between the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
The partnership was initiated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the WCA and SPREP after the official opening of the 26th Annual SPREP Meeting. The partnership will build on SPREP’s work to strengthen whale conservation during the 2016/17 Year of the Whale and the WCA’s work to create Whale Heritage Sites, an accreditation scheme to identify and promote destinations that maintain the highest standards of responsible whale and dolphin watching practices and celebrate whales and dolphins and their habitats by engaging communities and tourists with related cultural and conservation events.
Through the MOU, the WCA and SPREP will work together towards the establishment of a Whale Heritage Trail in the Pacific islands with several potential Whale Heritage Sites that meet the accreditation standards. Cet Law is excited to be part of this initiative to improve the protection and conservation of cetaceans through sustainable tourism initiatives.