Why do we work in tourism to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises?
Because tourism activities impact cetaceans
Many of the world’s whales, dolphins, and porpoises live close to shore, and so the threats they face are often in locations that are important for tourism. Even those cetaceans living in remoter parts of our oceans and major rivers are increasingly coming in to contact with cruise ships, expedition vessels, and other forms of adventure tourism.
Because tourism is influential
Tourism constitutes 10% of the global economy with significant impacts on society and the environment. It has the potential, financial support, and will increasingly invest in coastal sustainability, community, and environmental enhancement programmes with a clear benefit for cetaceans and ocean conservation.
Because tourists are demanding it
In recent years, the way in which tourists want to experience whales and dolphins is changing, and fast. The influence of campaigns, such as Black Fish, have caused a decline in the popularity of seeing cetaceans in captivity and consequently, the world is seeing a rise in demand for more authentic experiences with whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.
Global tourism trends also show that tourists are looking more closely at the impact of their activities and are demanding experiences that are proven to be sustainable and responsible.
10% of global economy
Why is the WCA best placed?
We are in a strong position to help realise the potential of the tourism industry, particularly because our Partners include tourism industry advisors (NGOs and individuals) as well as industry representatives (whale watch operators, tourism associations, event organisers etc.).
To date, the WCA has advised leading tour operators in the move away from captive cetacean experiences, developed the world’s first global certification programme for responsible whale and dolphin watching and provided advice to governments and destination managers on creating a sustainable whale watching industry.
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We are experts, ambitious and on a mission for big things; to protect whale habitats and their people.
At the World Cetacean Alliance, we are working with our Partners and the wider travel industry to deliver wild wildlife tourism that supports local communities, deliver sustainable practices and has animal welfare at its core.
We are achieving this through implementing best practice whale and dolphin watching principles and site-based management through a range of accreditation programmes, training courses, and facilitation.
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