Reunion Island hosts second Humpback Whale World Congress

whaleReunion Island will be hosting the second Humpback Whale World Congress from the 3rd to 7th July.

This unique congress on a specific species (Humpback Whale) is being chaired by the Region of Reunion under the leadership of Didier Robert, the President of the Reunion Region and Cetamada.

congres-baleines-reunion-03This Congress will also see the drive to have the “Chemin des Baleines” listed as a UNESCO World Heritage asset. This project has had the support of Reunion for four years already and has been pushed by President Didier Robert through the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands. It has also received the support of Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO.

whale2Reunion Island is one of the 34 hotspots on the annual route of Humpback Whales as they leave the Antarctic Ocean on their way to the warmer Indian Ocean, where they give birth to their calves.

The first edition of this Congress was held in Madagascar and the Reunion edition that will be held at Stella Matutina Museum at Saint Leu is being chaired by Sebastien Folin.

 

 

By Saint Ange

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