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.
Uluru and TourismLast Updated on 2015-10-01 23:14:26Uluru was “discovered” by William Gosse of England in the 1870s. He named Uluru “Ayers Rock” after Sir Henry Ayers of the Australian government. In reality, Uluru had been known to the Aboriginal Australian group the Anangu for at least 20,000 years. Today, Uluru and Kata Tjuta attract over 250,000 visitors a year who come to marvel at the natural rock formations. To visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta, tourists must drive or fly to the area known was Ayers Rock Resort. The area, a six hours from Alice Springs or three hour flight from Sydney, was developed to accommodate tourists and consists of a few hotels, restaurants, a small shopping center, and a camel farm.
The positive impact tourism has had on the area is allowing visitors from around the world to see a natural wonder that’s formation is still not fully understood. Tourists are also able to gain an... More »
Egmont Key State ParkLast Updated on 2015-10-01 23:04:43Location: Egmont Key State Park
Egmont Key is a small island located southwest of Ft. Desoto Beach in Florida. The island is mainly a wildlife refuge but also houses Fort Dade and a lighthouse which gives the island important historical significance. Being only accessible by boat and ferry makes the island difficult to get to which is not necessarily a bad thing. I have frequented the island several times and deeply enjoy the scenery. The island offers several recreational activities such as fishing, snorkeling, picnicking, boating, and visiting the historical sites, but has no stores or fresh drinking water to offer visitors. Another interesting fact is that the lighthouse is still in operation.
The positive aspects of this island from an environmental standpoint include the fact that a majority of Egmont Key is protected area. The island serves as a nesting zone for many birds, sea... More »
El Convento CuscoLast Updated on 2015-10-01 22:07:10For our honeymoon, my husband and I traveled to South America and visited Cusco, Peru for a week, staying at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. Despite being apart of a global hotel chain, or perhaps because of its ties to Marriott, El Convento Cusco is the most visibly sustainable hotel I have ever visited.
El Convento Cusco has been meticulously designed around the restoration of a 16th century colonial San Agustin convent that has been declared a Peruvian Heritage Site. Even with all of the modern amenities built into the resort, the hotel retains the convent's original form. It has been constructed in a way that restored the beautiful central courtyard, which is used daily as a marketplace for locals from the smaller towns surrounding Cusco. The hotel's development uncovered artifacts from Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial, Republican and Contemporary eras in... More »
Crystal River Manatee ToursLast Updated on 2015-10-01 20:34:20Florida is booming with ecotourism, likely as a result of the thousands of miles of coastline, along with a variety of flora and fauna that call the Sunshine state home. However, there are some creatures you’re not supposed to disturb with these activities-- such as dolphins and manatees. However, there is an abundance of tourist activities that focus their attention on giving a close-up encounter. Let’s take a look at Crystal River, for example.
Throughout Florida, swimming with manatees is either highly discouraged or outright banned. On a federal level, manatees are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, as well as the Endangered Species Act. On a state-level, they are protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act. Messing with a manatee can lead to substantial fines. But, if you take a trip to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, tourists and locals... More »
The Climate Reality Leadership Corps @ the Hyatt Regency in MiamiLast Updated on 2015-10-01 17:15:10The Climate Reality Leadership Corps @ the Hyatt Regency in Miami
When I received the email confirming that I was accepted to participate in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training founded by Al Gore, I was excited to visit the city of Miami to experience tourism first-hand. The conference was held in the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami for three days, September 28-30th. The conference brought 1300 guests from over 35 countries together to engage in the training that will guide us to inform others about Climate Change and give us the tools necessary to make significant change. As the conference began, Al Gore mentioned the reason why Miami, Florida was chosen as the destination for this Climate Reality Training. He mentioned that out of all tourist locations within the United States, Miami has the highest costs associated with Climate Change; meaning, Climate Change will... More »
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