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🌊 Blue Community Consortium

Protecting, Enhancing, and Restoring Coastal Habitat & Marine Environments for a more Sustainable Future

👋 Welcome to the Blue Community Consortium. We are dedicated to the creation and discovery of pathways and opportunities for coastal communities, businesses, and organizations to declare their own work to protect, enhance, and restore coastal habitat and marine environments through their own sustainability efforts. Learn more about our assessment system for destination communities.

Blue Community Mission

Our oceans are under tremendous stress due to increasing threats from pollution, overfishing, impacts of climate change including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and increased storm intensity. The Blue Community Consortium 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.

The Blue Community Consortium provides an opportunity for coastal communities, businesses, and organizations to declare their own work to protect, enhance, and restore coastal habitat and marine environments through their own sustainability efforts.

Recognized as the first member of the UNWTO International Sustainable Tourism Observatory (INSTO) network in North America, the Blue Community networks globally sharing its best practices while simultaneously learning from the best practices of other INSTO members from around the world.

Each INSTO member develops their own speciality or expertise. For the Blue Community that area is coastal habitat and marine environments and developing sustainable tourism management plans.

Unless policies for protection of the oceans and promotion of ocean sustainability are increased, coastal communities are likely to experience adverse impacts. We are here to help you plan and prepare your communities for a more sustainable future.

Blue Community is a place for learning and sharing those best practices which mitigate those 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 part of our Blue Community and sharing your community success with others.

The Blue Community has developed a new certification process based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the One Planet Living framework, the 12 Blue Community strategies, and the science of planetary boundaries. The emphasis on coastal habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement for accommodations and resorts.

The new certification program is strongly rooted in the science of planetary boundaries and the proven 12 Blue Community strategies developed in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company.

In addition the Blue Community program is presently working to support the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for communities and destinations seeking to become sustainable, reduce disaster risks, and improve their economy through eco-friendly tourism.

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Who Is Interested in The Blue Community Model?

  • Government officials

  • Resorts and related tourism industry

  • College and Universities

  • Economic Development

  • Environmental Ministers

  • Environmental NGO’s

  • Individuals who want to make a difference

The three areas of emphasis of the Blue Community program are:

  • Sustainability

  • Disaster Reduction & Vulnerability Management

  • Economic Development through Eco-Tourism

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Blockchain Technology & the Sustainable Tourism Opportunity for Coastal Environments

The SDGs provide a common and agreed framework to address our most pressing sustainability issues. To reach these goals it will not only be necessary to work together across sectors, industries, countries and communities but also to find new ways of how to organize our societies and their economies. For this transformation towards sustainability Blockchain based applications could be an important enabling technology. Our project therefore will assess Blockchain potential to contribute to the SDGs.

Destination Sustainability

The Blue Community program provides sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, transportation, health, and much more. Walt Disney World™ is strategically addressing these concerns. In fact the Disney Animal Science & Environment team collaborated in creating the 12 Blue Community strategies.

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 provides 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.

Blue Community Consortium Members & Partners