Walt Disney Vero Beach Resort offers a model for tourist industry involvement through such programs as:
Eliminating towels left on the beach by requiring a refundable deposit for towels
Closing drapes at dusk to protect turtles from lights
Using special LED lighting that has been installed to both meet codes and protect turtles
Providing extensive guest communication for turtle friendly activities during turtle season
Having Disney Cast members partiicpate in the Ocean Conservancy beach clean-ups
Participating in turtle tracking programs for State and Federal Fish & Wildlife
Disney Vero Beach Resort
Disney Turtle Tracking Program Disney Cast members participting in Beach Clean-Up
Protecting cultural heritage includes any form of artistic or symbolic material signs which are handed on from generation to generation to each culture. Cultural heritage can be tangible or intangible.
Intangible cultural heritage is defined by UNESCO as practices, expressions, knowledge, skills that communities, groups and in some cases individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage” . Tangible cultural heritage is often also referred to as cultural property. Cultural property is movable or immovable property with importance to the cultural heritage of every people, for instance buildings and books.
Protecting cultural heritage involves a number of strategies including but not limited to:
Developing policies that promote protection of cultural heritage.
Improving training and education of both tourism businesses and guests they serve.
Support for UNESCO World Heritage programs.
Developing political support for cultural heritage protection.
Developing an ethic with military operations to protect cultural heritage sites
Environmental protection such as keeping air pollution from damaging heritage sites.
Sensitivity to cultural heritage can begin in the early development of tourist facilities.
A case in point is the Disney Alunai Resort in Hawaii. Some of the strategies developed by Disney to preserve cultural heritage for this resort include but are not limited to:
Disney Imagineers working with locals in initial design to celebrate Hawaiian culture and history.
Resort architecture honors fundamental concern between nature and humanity that Hawaiian culture has cherished.
Art work is chosen to honor the traditional images of the culture. Disney worked with the local artists to keep the integrity of the culture in tact with the art work in the resort.
Disney Aulani Resort Celebrates and Preserves Cultural Hertiage
Living Shorelines Protect Coastal HabitatsLast Updated on 2014-04-12 22:55:33 A stable shoreline is essential to protect coastlines from erosion, sea level rise, tidal surge, and storm events. There are two main techniques for shoreline protection: 1) hardened structures and/or 2) coastal habitat. Hardened structures (e.g. seawalls, revetments, and bulkheads) have been shown in many circumstances to do considerably more harm than good. For example, structures built at one location can have potentially devastating impacts on adjacent properties, as the structures can alter natural soil accretion processes that build beaches and shorelines and they can perpetuate or even accelerate coastal erosion. Additionally, hardened shorelines are not readily adaptable to sea level rise and in fact, can gradually undermine the ground landward of the hardened structure due to relentless wave energy continually loosening soil and washing... More »
Caladesi Island State Park & Clean MarinaLast Updated on 2014-04-12 22:50:46Caladesi Island State Park is a natural gem in the highly populous areas surrounding Clearwater and Dunedin Florida. Only accessible by boat or foot from Clearwater Beach, the park features a consistently highly rated beach, three miles of nature trails through pine and scrub ecosystems, a 2.8 mile kayak trail through mangrove tunnels, and a designated Clean Marina.Wildlife is quite diverse and includes Gopher Tortoises, an array of bird species, and a prolific fishery. the park also features the remains of an early homestead, and educational materials on life on the island. The marina, located on the bay side of the island, is well maintained and features 108 floating dock slips with power and water hookups, as well as restrooms and showers. The marina, due to its location, is slightly more primitive than its mainland counterparts, but this all adds to its charm. As a Clean... More »
Coastal Restoration Through Oyster ProjectsLast Updated on 2014-04-10 13:27:38Tampa Bay Watch is a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to the restoration of the Tampa Bay Estuary. They are also one of the few organizations in Tampa with a special focus on oysters and an array of projects to utilize them. The oyster projects focus on rebuilding the shoreline and creating new habitat; with those two projects also comes a multiple of other benefits. Two of the main projects that TBW promotes is the creation of oyster bars and oyster domes. Oyster bars consist of ocean friendly mesh bags filled with a couple dozen pounds of oysters placed next to each other and it creates an oyster reef over time as other oysters attach themselves to the bar. "The creation of the oyster shell reefs will contribute to the improvement and protection of bay habitats by stabilizing the shoreline and providing optimal conditions for the settlement of salt marsh plants and... More »
Coastal Habitat Protection through the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup DayLast Updated on 2014-04-09 22:05:47
Founded in 1972, the Ocean Conservancy has been working for over 30 years to promote coastal habitat protection through empowering and educating people to defend the ocean (Ocean Conservancy, 2014). The Conservancy recognizes that trash in the ocean compromises the health of people and ocean wildlife. In efforts to combat ocean pollution from trash, the Conservancy sponsors an initiative called the International Coastal Cleanup Day. This initiative has been sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy for over 25 years.
Highlights from the 2012 International Cleanup Day include (Ocean Conservancy, 2012):
561,633 volunteers participating globally
17,719 miles of coast covered
10,149,988 pounds of trash collected
The Ocean Conservancy also initiated a program to track the types of trash collected during the cleanup, and disseminate the... More »
The Importance of Coastal Habitat Protection in GeorgiaLast Updated on 2014-04-09 21:57:18In 5th grade, my class took a field trip to Jekyll Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. The two clearest memories I have of this trip are: 1. Walking on the dock at night in complete silence and “listening to nature,” and 2. Getting in trouble for playing on the sand dunes. As fifth graders, we did not realize the importance of keeping the sand dunes protected and pristine, and we thought that our punishment was rather harsh for our offense. As I look back on it today, however, I realize how valuable that trip was, and how getting in trouble that day taught us more than one lesson.
The main purpose of this fieldtrip was to educate us about the importance of Georgia’s barrier islands and Georgia’s coastal habitat as a whole. We documented the plants and animals we observed, learned about what they ate, and discussed how difficult it was to live in... More »
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