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Indian Ocean Rim Association Whale & Dolphin Watching Workshop
"Building Sustainable Whale & Dolphin Watching Tourism in the Indian Ocean Region"
Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
24-26 February 2016

The Agenda can be found here

The recommendations can be found here.

The Press Release can be found here.

Additional materials can be found here.

 

Inaugural

Time Item
17:00 - 19:00 Registration -Foyer (note: limited registration is also available on wednesday morning)
DAY 1: Wednesday, 24 February
8:30 -9:00 Registration (continued) - foyer
9:00-10:00

Inaugural Session - Crystal Ballroom (lower level)

Lighting of traditional oil lamp

Welcome remarks from dignitaries:
Dr Saman Kelegama, Exexcutive Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS)
Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife
H.E. Mr Bryce Hutchesson, Australian High Commissioner-designate, as Guest of Honour
Ms Pia Simonsen, Deputy Director, IORA Secretariat
Mr Bruno Mainini, Chair, International Whaling Commission 
Group photograph

10:00-10:30 MORNING TEA
10:30-10:45 Workshop opening - Grand Crystal Ballroom (upper level)
Programme, housekeeping, participant introductions
Facilitator - Mr Mark Simmonds OBE 

 

Session 1

Time Item
10:45-12:15

Session One - The value and sustainability of the whale and dolphin watching tourism
industry and the benefits of regional cooperation

Format: Presentations followed by facilitated discussion

This session explored, through introductory presentations and discussion, the benefits
(e.g. economic, social) of whale and dolphin watching tourism, the link between ecological
sustainability and sustainable tourism, leadership of women and the benefits of regional
cooperation for a sustainable whale and dolphin watching tourism industry. 

Professor Lars Bejder: Murdoch University, Australia

Dr Putu Liza Kusuma Mustika: Cetacean Sirenian, Indonesia

Dr Asha de Vos: The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project, Sri Lanka 

 

Session 2

 

Time Item
12:15-13:30

Session Two - Best practice approaches to build sustainable whale and dolphin watching tourism

Format: Presentations followed by facilitated discussion

The IWC discussed their best practice guidelines and regulations, Five Year Strategic Plan on Whale Watching and Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Experiences was shared by industry experts using case studies from around the world.

Australia presented its national whale watching guidelines and outlined how they assist in achieving an ecologically and
economically sustainable whale watching industry.

Dr Simon Brockington: International Whaling Commission


Mr Greg Kaufman: Pacific Whale Foundation

Dr Jillian Grayson: Australian Government 

13:30-14:15

Lunch

 

Session 3

Time Item
12:15-13:30

Session Two - Best practice approaches to build sustainable whale and dolphin watching tourism

Format: Presentations followed by facilitated discussion

The IWC discussed their best practice guidelines and regulations, Five Year Strategic Plan on Whale Watching and Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Experiences was shared by industry experts using case studies from around the world.

Australia presented its national whale watching guidelines and outlined how they assist in achieving an ecologically and
economically sustainable whale watching industry.

Dr Simon Brockington: International Whaling Commission


Mr Greg Kaufman: Pacific Whale Foundation

Dr Jillian Grayson: Australian Government 

13:30-14:15

Lunch