In April, Responsible Whale Watching Project Manager Sophie Lewis attended the 2018 International Jury meeting hosted by Blue Flag International at the Foundation for Environmental Education offices in Copenhagen.
This meeting, held annually, brings together leaders in a range of fields to assess Marinas, Beaches and Sustainable Boat Tourism Operators against the Blue Fag International Criteria.
The International Blue Flag Jury is composed of representatives from the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International Lifesaving Federation (ILS), the European Environment Agency (EEA), the European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an Environmental Education expert, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) and FEE
Blue Flag International recognises the WCA as the global leader in wild whale and dolphin tourism and since March 2017, the WCA and it’s Partners have been working with Blue Flag International to develop and enhance their Sustainable Boat Tourism Operator accreditation with a focus on whale and dolphin watching operators. The WCA commends Blue Flag International on their continued efforts to increase the sustainability of marine tourism around the world and we look forward to working closely together moving forward.