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.
Moving from Ecotourism to Geotourism: Best Practices from Norway’s Cruise IndustryLast Updated on 2014-11-26 23:21:50
When ecotourism emerged in the 1980s, it redefined the tourist experience by emphasizing three criteria: nature-based attractions, educational or appreciative motivations, and environmental and sociocultural sustainability. It framed a way to protect and enhance a destination’s natural environment, while still catering to the tourist industry. Today a new strategy has emerged that builds off the strengths and addresses the shortfalls of ecotourism criteria. Developed by National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Development, this new strategy has been coined “Geotourism.”
Defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place-its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents, Geotourism adds to sustainability principles by building on a destination’s geographical character,... More »
Jiuzhaigou Valley: Worthy to be PreservedLast Updated on 2014-11-26 23:09:43Jiuzhaigou Valley is a national park located in Sichuan Province, China. It was inscribed by UNSCO as a world heritage site in 1992 and a world biosphere reserve in 1997.
Lake and forest in autumn (from Baidu)
Jiuzhaigou Valley is famous for its lakes, waterfalls, forests and the snowy mountains. The valley contains 108 lakes, 17 waterfalls and a wide range of forests. The landscape is made up of high-altitude karsts since it lies on major faultlines of the diverging belt. The ecosystem is temperate broad-leaf forest and woodlands with mixed mountain and highland systems. The forest provides home to a great amount of flora and fauna. Flora contains valuable medical plants like Chinese caterpillar fungus, gastrodia tuber and frillariae tuber and also national protected species like Cephalotaxus fortunei, katsuratree and so forth. There are 170 vertebrate species, 10 mammals, 2 fish... More »
Galápagos – GeotourismLast Updated on 2014-11-26 22:55:19
I can’t think of a better place to visit than the Galápagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands is nature based attraction made mostly of volcanic rock. It was here that Darwin found the perfect conditions to formulate his evolutionary theory: that far from the ravages of the continents, life evolved into a strange sub-world of specialized creatures who adapted to their harsh environment in an amazing variety of ways (The Top 5 Reasons to Take a Galapagos Vacation, 2014).
There are 20 islands that make up the Galapagos, four of those island are inhabited with different hotel options. Those islands consist of Santa Cruz, Critobal, Floreana and Isabela. The remaining islands are uninhabited by people. You can visit the islands between 6 am and 6 pm only. To learn more about the different islands and what they have to offer, go to the Galapagos Conservancy web site.... More »
M7A1 : EL HIERRO, SPAINLast Updated on 2014-11-26 17:41:55 El Hierro, one of Spain's small archipelago islands has set itself apart with their sustainable development. El Hierro boasts over 1,000 volcanoes, has an abundant biodiversity, enjoys a strong culture & heritage, and is the first island in the world to be off the grid using renewable technologies. In January of 2000, El Hierro was the first Canary Island named an official Biosphere Reserve and Geopark by UNESCO, (harris, 2014). These two official titles were awarded because the island contains six protected natural areas comprising 60% of it's land (IANS, 2014). In order for El Hierro to sustain their geological features along with the development of their economy, the island invested in wind turbines and hydropower to provide electricity to the cities. The government also invested in three desalination plants (Abiven, 2014). The... More »
Bergen, Norway: Geotourism Fishing TownLast Updated on 2014-11-25 21:19:05According to National Geographic, Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well being of its residents.
I have had the great pleasure of traveling Norway, staying in Bergen, and experiencing the wonderful atmosphere that encompasses the area. It has breathtaking views, beautiful buildings and architecture, and is rich in history. Norway is one of my favorite places that I’ve visited and my trip to Bergen is at the top of my list for best memories. It’s very easy to be awed by the city of Bergen, as well with the story the city tells.
Geotourism features of Bergen, Norway…
Enhancement of geographical character of place – Bergen has always been a fishing/port town and still remains a hefty part of current tourism. In order to use the waterways... More »
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