Section dedicated to Italian HQWW® certified operators
Welcome to the section of Italian operators certified with High Quality Whale Watching® (HQWW®) Certificate.
Certified operators commit to follow an eco-responsible approach during their whale watching activities.
CIMA Research Foundation is the Italian partner of ACCOBAMS in charge of delivering the HQWW® certificate in Italy.
The implementation of the Certificate in Italy started in 2019 within the framework of the EcoSTRIM project (link), thanks to the funds of the INTERREG Italy-France Maritime Program 2014-2020 of the EU.
Whale watching is a commercial tourism activity consisting in a vessel-based naturalistic excursion during which cetaceans are observed in their natural environment. The continuous growth of people interested in marine mammal observation into the wild has led to a significant increase in this economic sector within marine tourism. Globally, scientists, governments and the companies are evaluating the potential impact of whale watching, in order to identify and share best practices for conducting this activity responsibly and sustainably.
Here the link to access the guide created by the International Whaling Commission that deals with the protection of cetaceans worldwide: https://wwhandbook.iwc.int/en/
The High Quality Whale Watching® Certificate was created to oversee this increasingly expanding business and ensure quality service. It is an ACCOBAMS registered trademark and it has been developed in collaboration with the Pelagos Agreement
The certificate identifies the operators who are committed to operate in respect of the environment and animals. The accreditation is on a voluntary basis: any operator can apply for the Certificate to the national entity in charge of delivering the certificate. Obtaining the certificate is strongly recommended to ensure a certified quality service including the respect of a code of good conduct to approach cetaceans at sea.
Operators who wish to obtain the HQWW® Certificate will have to:
The following activities are not compatible with the HQWW® Certificate:
The 2-days training program covers:
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