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.
The Importance of Sustainable Seafood Last Updated on 2015-02-24 11:22:43Food can be the primary reason people travel to certain destinations, especially for the seafood. Destinations like Louisiana, Nova Scotia, and Key West are famous for their seafood dishes, continuously drawing attention and visitors to the area. The importance of sustainable seafood can shape the success of a tourism setting by showing their dedication and environmental awareness to the cause.
Sustainable seafood in Key West, FL.
Tourist destinations serving seafood should increase their awareness on the benefits of serving sustainable seafood, with emphasis on improving their image and combating a global issue. Hotels and restaurants should follow sustainable seafood guides provided online that explain the benefits and drawbacks of choices available. Seafood Watch by the Monterey Bay Aquarium has information online and a mobile app that consumers... More »
Visualizing the Plastic EpidemicLast Updated on 2015-02-19 14:15:00A new study shows previous estimates of oceanic debris from plastic waste are severely underestimated. This study asserts 8 million metric tons of waste is entering the oceans, annually. Every year 270 million metric tons (mmt) of plastics are produced, and believe it or not, 5 mmt more than this is entering the waste stream every year. How is that even possible? 2 billion people living within 30 miles of all coastlines around the world account for ~32 mmt of plastic waste.
Most people won’t understand what this amount of waste looks like, similar to not being able to imagine what $1 billion looks like. The study suggests visualizing 5 trash bags full of plastic for every foot of coastline in the entire world. This is how much plastic is in the ocean. As if this image isn’t heat breaking enough, the study also projects the problem will intensify. In the US alone, the amount... More »
Charity condemns tourists' use of fresh water in developing countriesLast Updated on 2015-02-18 12:52:20Charity condemns tourists' use of fresh water in developing countries
Study finds visitors to Bali, the Gambia and Goa use 16 times as much water as locals, causing conflict and disease
Hotel guests in developing countries have been shown to use over 3,000 litres of water a day, compared with 93 litres for locals.
Sunday 8 July 2012 18.41 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 21 May 2014 00.21 EDT
The disproportionate use of fresh water by tourists in developing world destinations is causing local conflict, exacerbating poverty and helping to spread disease, says a report to be published next week by the charity Tourism Concern.
The report examined five coastal destinations popular with international tourists – the Gambia, Bali in Indonesia, the islands of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, and Goa and Kerala in India. Researchers claim to have uncovered huge... More »
Waste distress for Montenegro and its Tourism IndustryLast Updated on 2015-02-18 12:20:19
Balkan 'Wild Beauty' Montenegro faces waste disposal woes threatening booming tourism, EU
Published November 10, 2014
PODGORICA, Montenegro – Montenegro takes pride in its majestic Adriatic coastline and towering mountains rising from the sea, lined with rivers, streams and lakes. But the so-called Balkan Wild Beauty is now faced with the problem of waste disposal that is threatening both its natural wonders and its lucrative tourism industry.
Tons of hazardous and other waste is blemishing the spectacular scenery of Montenegro — a small country which declared itself an ecological state more than two decades ago — lying unprotected close to towns and villages, rivers and lakes, or newly-built luxurious sea resorts.
Like most Balkan countries in transition, Montenegro has done little over the past decades to deal with waste disposal and other... More »
Tackling the Plastic Trash in Our Oceans Last Updated on 2015-02-18 11:55:41Article: Experts Say World Dumps 8.8 Tons of Plastic in Oceans
Article Link: http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=101005NXZF3A
A new study has determined that about 8.8 million ton of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans, an amount much higher than estimated in the past. By 2025, the total plastic trash in the world’s oceans will reach 170 million tons if people do not reduce their waste generation and improve the collection. This estimate is based on population trends and current waste management processes.
Currently, developing Asian countries are some of the top polluters based on how they dispose of their trash. Five countries are responsible for half of the plastic waste that goes into the oceans; they are China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. Out of the total trash in the ocean, China contributes 2.4 million tons of plastic,... More »
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