Whale Heritage Site status will be designated to destinations that focus on:


1.       Encouraging Respectful Human-Cetacean Coexistence


The WHS has developed, and seeks to continually improve, a responsible framework managing the coexistence of people and cetaceans.


2.     Celebrating Cetaceans


The WHS celebrates the close cultural association between cetaceans and people.


3.     Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability


The WHS aims to achieve an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable balance between the natural environment, visitor expectations, and local business and community needs.


4.     Research, Education and Awareness


The WHS recipient has developed, and seeks to continually improve, its commitment towards research, education and awareness.


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