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.
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 »
One Caribbean Country’s approach to Geotourism: “Pure Grenada”Last Updated on 2014-11-23 22:42:58The tri-island state of Grenada is the smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere. When people hear a reference to Grenada, it may conjure up different images for different people. I think about Grenada as the place that my brother considered attending medical
school. Some people may reflect on the 1983 U.S. invasion of the country, when the Reagan administration sent in forces to prevent a spread of Communism in the Caribbean. And some may instantly think about the island’s natural beauty, with its volcanic crater lakes, bubbling hot springs, waterfalls, and a dense rainforest that houses an abundance of plant and animal life.
Grenada’s tourism officials put their money on people soon thinking about the island as “Pure Grenada.” Led by the global advertising giant, Inglefield/Ogilvy & Mather, a “Pure Grenada” campaign,... More »
All For One, One for AllLast Updated on 2014-11-13 16:11:38History teaches us that environmental quality is a shared responsibility which belongs not only to the tourism industry, but equally to all humans on earth. Nonetheless, industries related to tourism are beginning to maintain a more proactive approach to dealing with stresses to environmental quality and may be setting standards for more eco-friendly business in the future. All situations related to development of real property, cleanup and environmental modification necessitate processes of careful impact assessment, innovative environmental strategy and open communication. Tourism just happens to be moving into position as an industry which can foster new types of communication between industries, enabling more environmentally and culturally conscious plans which have the ability to trickle down into areas of consideration made by professionals within other industries and corporate... More »
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