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HARRY ECKMAN

Chief Executive Officer

ELIZABETH CUEVAS ZIMBRÓN

Whale Heritage Site Project Manager

MIKI TILLETT

Communications Manager

PATICE TALAUE

Certification Manager

STEFF EATON

Operations Manager

ANDREW SCOON

Sussex Dolphin Project, Project Support Officer

THEA TAYLOR

Sussex Dolphin Project, Lead

DYLAN WALKER

Senior Adviser - Whale Heritage Sites

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU

HONORARY PRESIDENT

IAN LEWIS

Trustee, Life College, UK

ROGER MANN

Trustee, Individual Partners

SUZANNE ROGERS

Trustee, Change for Animals Foundation, UK

We are now just over a year into the Wildsea Atlantic Ocean Heritage Route Project, and making great progress!

The “WAOH Route: A Dive into Adventure” is the first, European, Sustainable Diving Route and network connecting world-class diving sites from the extreme south in Portugal and Spain to the far north, encompassing Ireland and UK, which embody common European shared values & heritage. The Route will promote Europe’s 5000 km of Atlantic, nautical coastline as a unique, transnational tourism itinerary and destination for divers eco-tourists alike.

This February, all seven project partners met in Cornwall to discuss the progress of the project and coordinate the next steps.

The marketing of the route is well underway, thanks to project partners Travelecoology and Donegal County Council, with a fantastic brochure now available, highlighting some of the route’s key natural sites.

The World Cetacean Alliance has been working hard with Submon over the last 6 months to create a set of training toolkit materials. These materials will provide ecotourism operators with useful information covering a range of topics relating to running a sustainable and successful business, such as best practice wildlife interactions and how to be an effective ecotourism guide.

The next steps for the WCA is to deliver capacity building sessions at each of the six destinations on the WAOH! Route with Submon and Travelecoology. The first stop will be Potimão, situated in the Algarve region of Portugal. We are very excited to be heading to the region, it will be great to meet some of the whale and dolphin watching operators in the area and connect with several WCA Partners who are also located there. Fingers crossed we get to see some of the amazing marine mammals they are famous for too!

We can’t wait to get out there and start running these sessions. Keep checking the website as we keep you up to date with our progress along the way!

Different sessions will be offered along the WAOH! Route destinations:

  • Portimao (Portugal): March 25th – 29th, 2019
  • Lisbon, Cascais & Sesimbra (Portugal): April 1st – April 4th, 2019
  • Galicia (Spain): April 9th – 12th, 2019
  • Cornwall (UK): May 13th – 17th, 2019
  • Donegal (Ireland): May 20th – 23rd, 2019

For more information about the WAOH! Route visit https://www.wildsea.eu/waoh-route The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, through the European Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission (EU), is investing €375.000 in a new initiative, designed to develop a Sustainable Diving Route connecting “flagship” diving sites & ecotourism destinations along Europe’s Atlantic coastline.

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