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Blue Community Consortium
Strategies For the Caribbean Region

and Gulf Coast States


The Blue Community Consortium is an opportunity for coastal communities to declare their own work to protect the oceans and promote ocean sustainability.  As the first first member of the UNWTO International Sustainable Tourism Observatory (INSTO) network, the Blue Community networks globally sharing its best practices while simultaneously learning from the best practices of other INSTO members from around the world.  Each INSTO member develops their own speciality or expertise.  For the Blue Community that area is coastal habitat and marine environments.
The oceans are under increasing threats from pollution, overfishing, impacts of climate change including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and increased storm intensity.  The Blue Community Consortium 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.   
Blue Community is a place for learning and sharing those best practices which mitigate those 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 part of our Blue Community or starting your own, locally.
The Blue Community has developed a new certification process based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria with an emphasis on coastal habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement for lodges, tour operators, attractions, and resorts.  

The new certification program is strongly rooted in the science of planetary boundaries and the proven 12 Blue Community strategies developed in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company.

In addition the Blue Community program is presently working to support the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria 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?


  • Government officials
  • Resorts and related tourism industry
  • College and Universities
  • Economic Development 
  • Environmental Ministers 
  • Environmental NGO’s
  • Individuals


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.


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