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Hi, I am Ivan Martin, and in this platform, you will find information about wildlife tourism, its impacts on the animals and the possible positive outcomes that wildlife and local communities can gain from it. I believe that any wildlife watching activity should be done in an ethical, responsible and sustainable way and I aim at spreading awareness on this subject through expeditions, conservation projects, and suggestions.

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CAMPAIGN - GOA

Awareness campaign on the protection of the marine environment, plastic pollution and responsible tourism in India for schools, local people, tourists, hotels/restaurants, state agents

Collaborative project with Swiss Cetacean Society-SCS and Terra Conscious: we aim at launching an awareness campaign throughout the state of Goa in India. The topics covered will be plastic pollution, responsible tourism, protection of the marine environment and marine wildlife in Goa.

 

For whom?

 

For locals: in schools, universities, coastal establishments (hotels, restaurants, shacks), tourist operators, state agents (tourism department, environment department, coast guard). For tourists: during events (setting up beach clean-up days, eco-responsible parties), in hotels.

Why Goa ?

 

  • Goa is India’s most polluted coastal destination.

 

  • Tourists come in large numbers every year to enjoy the beach, parties and alcohol without necessarily caring about the environment.

 

  • Disposable plastic is part of the everyday life of locals and tourists.

 

  • Abnormally high numbers of endangered dolphins and turtles are stranded on Goa’s beaches, certainly in relation to human activities.

  • The locals, especially children, do not have access to awareness about the marine environment, which is very rich in Goa.

 

  • More than 400 dolphin watching boats are present in Goa, almost all of them do not follow codes of good conduct regarding how to approach dolphins.

 

  • In India, much attention is being paid to the protection of terrestrial wildlife. However, very few projects are developed for marine animals and their environment.

 

  • We will train at least one teacher per school and one manager per hotel so that they can continue to make presentations on the marine environment to children/employees and thus keep the project going after our departure.

Funds are needed for: 

 

Hiring an on-site team of 4 people with experience in eco-tourism, public awareness, environmental projects and marine wildlife conservation, logistics, materials for presentations and materials for schools and events.

 

We created a crowdfunding page - feel free to share it or donate!