Blue Community Program Strategies For the Caribbean Region
and Gulf Coast States
The Waves of Change Blue Community program is an opportunity for coastal communities to declare their own work to protect the oceans and promote ocean sustainability.
The oceans are under increasing threats from pollution, overfishing, impacts of climate change including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and increased storm intensity. The Waves of Change campaign is responding to these issues with ocean clean up programs, improving ocean literacy, supporting ocean champions, ecosystems restoration, and programs to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Unless policies for protection of the oceans and promotion of ocean sustainability are increased, coastal communities are likely to experience adverse impacts.
The good news is that every community has the opportunity to do its part to reverse current trends. Every community has its own unique challenges and opportunities to become a Blue Community.
The process is simple and straightforward. The Blue Community program in collaboration with Sustainable Travel International has a process for certification of lodges, tour operators, attractions, and resorts in a community for sustainability certification.
In addition the Blue Communtiy program is presently working to support the Global Sustainable Tourism Critiera for communities and destinations seeking to become sustainable, reduce disaster risks, and improve their economy through eco-friendly tourism.
Who Is Interested in The Blue Community Model?
Resorts and related tourism industry
College and Universities
Sustainability, Disaster Reduction, and Economic Development will be the three major themes of the Blue Community Program.
The Blue Community program provides sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, transportation, health, and much more. Walt Disney World™ in strategically addressing these concerns.
Walt Disney Company corporate goals are good bench marks for others working to be a Blue Community.
Disaster Reduction & Vulnerability Management
The United Nations International Strategies for Disaster Reduction program has identified sustainability as the best way to prevent, mitigate, and recover from potential disasters. The Blue Community program provide a number of best practices for disaster reduction and vulnerability management.
Economic Development & Eco-Friendly Tourism
For a travel and leisure company to utilize Blue Community strategies they must be economical. Walt Disney World™ provides a model for the economic benefits of a sustainability program. The Blue Community program provides strategies to enhance eco-friendly tourism and reduce costs in areas such as: energy, fertilizer, water, transportation, and other strategies to both attract tourism, and reduce costs of resort operations.
Bergen, Norway: Geotourism Fishing TownLast Updated on 2014-11-25 21:19:05According to National Geographic, Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well being of its residents.
I have had the great pleasure of traveling Norway, staying in Bergen, and experiencing the wonderful atmosphere that encompasses the area. It has breathtaking views, beautiful buildings and architecture, and is rich in history. Norway is one of my favorite places that I’ve visited and my trip to Bergen is at the top of my list for best memories. It’s very easy to be awed by the city of Bergen, as well with the story the city tells.
Geotourism features of Bergen, Norway…
Enhancement of geographical character of place – Bergen has always been a fishing/port town and still remains a hefty part of current tourism. In order to use the waterways... More »
Geotourism: Saving Korean Culture in InsadongLast Updated on 2014-11-25 20:51:57
Insadong is a cultural section of Seoul, South Korea. It is a main road with small alleys stretching out from it, filled with rich colors, tantalizing smells, vibrant energy and a blending of languages and laughter that form an inviting backdrop of music. The cobblestone streets are inaccessible to traffic during the busiest hours, and despite heavily trafficked streets marking Insadong’s entrance and exit, it feels like a cocoon of culture, history and heritage. Anywhere you look there are shops filled with South Korea’s traditional style crafts, from scrolls customized and painted right before you, fans and traditional masks, jewelry boxes inlaid with mother of pearl, brilliant hanbok (traditional clothing), hand-carved wooden chopsticks, gorgeous celadon pottery and tea sets, and so much more. Between the varied shops and restaurants are the galleries that form... More »
Machu Picchu: The Prime Example of GeotourismLast Updated on 2014-11-25 14:25:58Machu Picchu is a historic site designed by the Inca Empire, currently located in the modern day Cusco Region in Peru. The site dates back to the 15th century and is known as the “Lost City” due its recent discovery in 1911, centuries after the Spanish Explorers took over the Empire and its region. The site is over 7,000 feet above sea level where it is believed that roughly 1,200 people could have lived at one point, although many believe it was used more as a retreat for the Incan rulers. Machu Picchu is separated into three areas: agricultural, urban, and religious. The various structures all fit under these areas, located specifically to accommodate living, agriculture, water collection, and religious ceremonies.
Preserving Machu Picchu falls under geotourism, tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place focusing on its environment,... More »
Geotourism in Hawai'iLast Updated on 2014-11-25 12:09:23The Hawaiian Islands and its culture have a long history dating back some 2000 years to when the islands were first colonized by the Polynesian people. However, people were not the first to colonize these volcanic islands. Plants and animals, carried by the wind and waves, made these islands home long before human settlers. As humans colonized the Hawaiian Islands increased pressure was put onto its flora and fauna from invasive species and human pressures such as hunting birds for their feathers. The Hawaiian people slowly lost their cultural practices and language as more and more colonists invaded their land.
Hawaii has a large number of
historic, architectural and archeological sites that include multiple World War II memorials, historic buildings, and native Hawaiian historical sites. Many of these sites are protected, however some of the Hawaiian heiau’s (Hawaiian... More »
A good candidate for Geo-tourismLast Updated on 2014-11-24 21:46:02Posada Amazonas, the Peruvian eco-lodge that located in Tambopata, Peru. I found it in Greenhotelier website. Geotourism is a kind of tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of place, including the environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and well-beings of residents. Posada Amazonas found the balance between economic benefits and geotourism features. Its activities follow “the Long Run’s 4Cs”, which contains conservation, culture, community and commerce.
The indigenous Ese-Eja community owns the eco-lodge for preservation of nature and they cooperate with Rainforest Expeditions. Since the lodge was built, the number of animals has increased. Traditional hunting has been banned because of the eco-lodge, which benefit the rainforest and animals. Besides, they also do research to protect species without the negative impacts from hotel and... More »
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