SPREP Year of the Whale Workshop

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 in Responsible Whale Watching

On September 19, 2015, Cet Law represented the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) Year of the Whale workshop. SPREP members have designated 2016/17 as the Year of the Whale in the Pacific region. The one-day workshop took place in Apia, Samoa, and brought member countries and not-for-profit organisations together to create a plan of action to strengthen whale conservation across the Pacific island region.

As part of the workshop, the WCA presented on the potential for collaborations during the Year of the Whale and in particular on the concept of Whale Heritage Sites. The WCA is developing the concept of Whale Heritage Sites, an accreditation scheme to identify and promote whale-watching destinations that maintain the highest standards of responsible whale-watching practices and celebrate whales by engaging tourists and communities through arts, education, science and cultural events. The WCA is collaborating with SPREP to investigate the potential of the establishment of a Whale Heritage Trail in the Pacific islands, with several Whale Heritage Sites.