Today, the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) has launched the application process for Whale Heritage Sites. A Whale Heritage Site (WHS) is an outstanding location where cetaceans (whales, dolphins, or porpoises) are embraced through the cultural, economic, social, and political lives of associated communities, and where people and cetaceans coexist in an authentic and respectful way.
By recognizing that the tourism associated with whales and dolphins is growing incrementally and that people are seeking authentic experiences that support rather than tax the same animals they are coming to enjoy and appreciate, the WHS schematic brings these two supportive energies together for the end benefit of cetaceans. From Cet Law’s perspective, the frameworks that manage the the coexistence of cetaceans and people are a critical aspect of a WHS. The law is a reflection of society – of its norms and its values – and it is important to make sure that those values of conservation, protection and respect, reflecting the individual context of each location, are incorporated into the fabric of the managing frameworks, including the governing law.
For more information on Whale Heritage Sites, including information on the criteria and application, go to: http://whaleheritagesites.org/