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.
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 »
Protecting Coastal habitat through limiting Coastal DevelopmentLast Updated on 2015-03-26 21:23:52
Protecting coastal habitats such as sand dunes and coastal wetlands is not only important for preserving nature, it is also important for preserving the coastal regions that we live, work, and play in. Sand dunes are important for protecting coastal communities in the event of storm surge and flooding caused by hurricanes and they also provide shelter for nesting shorebirds. Coastal marshes and mangroves are also important in slowing storm surge, and providing sanctuary for juvenile fish. However, the desire to live on the coast is threatening the very systems that allow people to live there.
In order for these habitats to survive some basic principles should be followed to guide coastal development away from and protect these habitats:
Map coastal hazard areas – areas that are prone to erosion, flooding and other risks should be mapped
Avoid building in hazardous areas... More »
Tips for Increasing Sustainable Seafood Sourcing in Tourism SettingsLast Updated on 2015-03-26 19:02:46
1. Catches need to reflect where they come from and how it was caught. Making data available is basic, while species at risk need to be ban from their menus. In addition, Eco standards for sustainable seafood can be integrated into the regulatory process. This will encourage fisheries to be part of a sustainable seafood program, such as the one from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
2. The restaurant can integrate the QR code (quick response code) to provide easy access to food sourcing information through a smartphone scanning tools and applications. It can either be advertised on the menus or flagged over the food. Moreover, the restaurant can promote the use of applications such as the Seafood Watch App developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Restoring Natural Habitats by Looking at Relationships Rather Than ProductLast Updated on 2015-03-25 18:05:23
The sustainable seafood strategy I will propose was heavily influenced by Dan Barber, a world known chef and scholar, who built a career promoting sustainable food practices in the hospitality industry. As a presenter for TED back in 2010, he explained the difference between two sustainable fish products he had tried. He began by telling the story of the first sustainably farmed fish he ate which seemed at the time, the tastiest, freshest, and meatiest of all of the other ones he had tried. This sparked a curiosity to explore whether or not this farmed fish was really sustainable, leading him to contact various employees from this particular company including their biologist. Apparently, 30% of the fish feed was actually chicken protein parts such as bones and feathers. Clearly, this seemed absolutely absurd that fish would need to be eating chicken in the first place. Dan... More »
Growing for the future: Hydroponics & Vertical greenhousesLast Updated on 2015-03-25 17:47:22Growing for the future: Hydroponics & Vertical greenhouses
As tourism continues to boom and host a diverse variety of travelers around the world, it is important that investors, stakeholders, shareholders, land developers, etc. evaluate the various methods in which to become more sustainable by engaging in a variety of practices: buying local and/or organic produce from the surrounding community, creating a hydroponic farm or garden in order to supply a variety of produce to the tourist restaurants, and encouraging nations to invest in vertical, hydroponic farming for urban tourist locations. Not only will these practices supply fresh food for tourism locations and the surrounding community, but also contribute to less transport costs and emissions associated with food. Many tourism locations have already started to engage in this vertical revolution, for example, the Amalie... More »
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