Whale Heritage Area application process
How are Whale Heritage Areas designated?
1. Aspiring WHA
- Sign the Wildlife Heritage Area guiding principles
- Submit basic information about the proposed area
- Create a listings page for the Wildlife Heritage Areas website
2. Candidate WHA
- Sign an MOU with the WCA
- Start to create a Steering Committee and Management Plan, and gather evidence to meet criteria and indicators
3. Designated WHA
- Submit evidence, Management Plan, and Steering Committee details for assessment by the WCA and Independent Review Panel
- After designation: submit annual updates, as well as new evidence and an updated Management Plan every three years
Whale Heritage Area criteria
- Cultural importance of cetaceans
- Respectful human-cetacean coexistence
- Responsible whale and dolphin tourism
- Steering Committee
- Management Plan
Who can apply?
Applications are encouraged from communities that advocate a real connection between cetaceans and both locals and tourists alike, whilst actively promoting the preservation of cetacean habitats for the benefit of present and future generations.
Developing and transitioning countries: USD$750
Developed countries: USD$2,500
A 20% discount on our WCA Approved programme is available for responsible whale and dolphin watching tour operators in Whale Heritage Areas.