Unforgettable Croatia And The Blue World Institute Join Forces To Encourage Sustainable Tourism

Unforgettable Croatia are teaming up with The Blue World Institute to raise awareness of the impact pollution has on the marine environment and encourage sustainable tourism in Croatia.

Blue World Institute, Croatia, Unforgettable Croatia
Unforgettable Croatia, Blue World Institute

The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation is a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to improving the protection and conservation of bottlenose dolphins, whales, sharks, giant devil rays and sea turtles in the Adriatic Sea. They were founded in 1999 and currently work from the Islands of Losinj, Murter and Vis. The Blue World Institute (BWI) was founded with the aim to carry out scientific research into the impacts environmental pollution has on the Mediterranean ocean and marine life, as well as finding solutions to protect and conserve the marine environment.

BWI offers volunteer programs during which members of the public can take part in beach clean-ups as shown in these images. Volunteers stay on the beautiful island of Losinj and take daily boat trips to record the marine life in the area.

The Institute has long been dedicated to improving public awareness. They opened the Lošinj Marine Education Centre in 2003 which hosts lectures and workshops to the public to discuss the findings from their studies and educate them on the impact plastic has on the ocean and marine life. BWI organises many activities to raise environmental awareness with local communities such as beach and sea clean ups. They have also started the Adriatic Dolphin Project, the longest ongoing study of the bottlenose dolphin, which carries out research to promote the protection of dolphins and their environment. The Institute has also recently expanded their research to include loggerhead sea turtles and sharks.

Blue World Institute, Croatia, Unforgettable Croatia
Unforgettable Croatia, Croatia, The Blue World Institute

Unforgettable Croatia are committed to bringing luxury travel experiences to our customers whilst encouraging sustainable tourism at the same time. To mark World Oceans Day on 8th June, we will be introducing our new initiatives as part of our commitment to be an environmentally friendly cruise line. With this in mind, we will be actively reducing the use of plastic on board our ships by replacing straws, plastic water bottles and toiletries with re-usable or biodegradable alternatives. This is with the aim that all our ships will no longer carry non-biodegradable plastic by the end of 2020. We will also be introducing marine conservation lectures onboard to aid passengers understanding of the environmental impact tourism can have, as well as discussing the positive steps they can take to help the conservation efforts in Croatia.

As a result, we will be teaming up with BWI to help promote their work and protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea. As well as assisting BWI in various volunteering projects, we are also aiming to raise £20,000 and donating a percentage of our annual profits to help fund a larger Blue World Education Centre. This will enable them to host even more lectures and events to the public.

Graham Carter, Founder of the Unforgettable Travel Company is pleased to be working with such a great cause and has commented “We’re really excited about these new projects. Becoming sustainable and eco-friendly is a big concern of ours, particularly with the current climate crisis around the world. Hopefully, these new initiatives will encourage other travel companies to invest in similar projects, and between us we can work towards saving the environment.”

In order to reach our goal of raising £20,000 to build the new Blue World Education Centre, we have set up a Just Giving page online where you can find more information and gives you the opportunity to donate to an important cause.

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