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.
Improving Protection of Coastal Habitat and Cultural Heritage in Xiamen China Last Updated on 2015-03-30 16:49:51Xiamen, a popular tourist attraction in China, is located in southeast coast of China. Xiamen is a historical city that can trace back to Ming Dynasty (nearly 600 years ago). Since ancient time, it is an important location no matter for trade or national security. The Jinmen strait is divided from Xiamen and Taiwan, so it is also represented as the sense of homesick for both of people in those two places, especially in some important national festivals (e.g. the Spring Festival and the Mid-autumn Festival), because of the political issues, there are many people separated from this strait. Looks close to each other, but far away from each other. Xiamen is an important trade port and it is one of the earlier open ports for the government. Besides, it also belongs to the economic development district.
Beach in Xiamen. Took from Xiamen in 2011
Xiamen has won many times of the suitable... More »
Relationships Building Customer Knowledge - Sustainable SeafoodLast Updated on 2015-03-29 22:01:55I believe one of the strongest tools we have at our disposal is a relationship. With the tasks at hand for the current generation, essentially to clean up the planet, it would be impossible to tackle them alone. I believe all sectors of any given community must work together to see great change and environmental improvement. All strategies must be able to work in conjunction with one another, and to do this would simply mean aligning end goals. Everyone seems to want the same thing, a healthier community, a booming economy, happy lifestyles. My recommendation is not specific to sustainable seafood, or hydroponic greenhouses, but for all things working in harmony. All policy makers must be considerate of each, and must work with the leaders in each industry to ensure management encourages the relationship between them.
Specific to the tourism industry, restaurants play a pivotal role in... More »
Planting Mangroves for Coastal Habitat ProtectionLast Updated on 2015-03-29 20:14:35Mangroves is a type of shrub tree that grows along estuaries and shorelines in tropical and subtropical regions such as the state of Florida. Mangroves provide many coastal habitat protection benefits to the environment as well as to Floridians.
One of the most important benefits, especially for Florida that is constantly under threat for sea level rise and natural disasters such as hurricanes, is coastal resilience. The mangrove forests have the capability to absorb and diffuse tidal surges that are associated with high winds, floods, and even tsunamis (Wetlands International, 2014).
By planting more mangrove forests, coastal regions can create an ecological barrier to protect and offer economic value for neighboring communities. If mangrove forests are restored, it can produce a rich increase in biodiversity, as it provides a healthy habitat for small fishes, shrimp, birds and other... More »
NASA reveals electric plane with 18 motorsLast Updated on 2015-03-27 20:44:40
WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- NASA has revealed an electric-powered plane that has 18 engines that power individual propellers.
The plane has a 31-foot wingspan, and the engines are powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries. The plane will be able to travel about 200 mph, and it will be able to go as high as 12,000 feet. It will seat four passengers, and it will be able to fly about 450 miles at a time.
The plane is not yet ready for flight, and tests will be done by mounting the wings to a truck that will be driven across a dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force base in California.
The project is called Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project (LEAPTech), and it's been in development since 2014.
Clean Marina ProgramLast Updated on 2015-03-26 23:37:00The Florida Department of the Environmental Protection implemented programs throughout the state with the goal of protecting the best asset the state has, its waterways. Designation programs: Clean Marina, Clean Boatyard, Clean Marine Retailer, Clean Boater and the Clean Vessel Act all recognize facilities and operators that have made decisions in the interest of protecting the environment.
The Clean Marina program in Florida is an environmental stewardship outlet for implementing management strategies on-site. All participants must showcase the best management strategies for the protection of the waterways adjacent to the marina/dock/boatyard. The strategies seek to address sensitive habitat, waste management, storm water drainage, spill prevention and emergency preparation. Typical measures undertaken by clean boatyards include the use of dustless sanders, recycling solvents and... More »
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