We’re proud to have partnered with the Blue World Institute, a non-profit organisation based in Croatia who work to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea. We are helping them raise money to build a new Education Centre on the island of Losinj.
Unforgettable Croatia & the Blue World Institute
In 2019 our directors here at Unforgettable Croatia approached the Blue World Institute with the plan of forming a partnership. We had been on the lookout for a charity to partner with for a while and decided upon marine conservation because it was a way to help care for the stunning blue waters of the Adriatic that we love and that our clients have been enjoying for last few years.
We chose the BWI as they seemed the most established organisation and had clear plan for what they wanted to achieve. After meeting with the folds at the BWI, we found out that there are only 220 bottlenose dolphins still living in the Adriatic Sea.
Established in 1999, this is a description of who the BWI are in their own words:
“The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) works to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea. To that purpose, the Blue World Institute operates three programmes – research, education, and conservation. Our research focuses mainly on large marine vertebrates (dolphins and whales, sea turtles, sharks and giant devil rays) informing our education activities and conservation projects. We work from the Adriatic islands of Lošinj, Murter and Vis, with the local communities, and collaborate nationally, regionally and internationally to advance sustainable marine management and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin.”
How have we worked together so far?
First off, we set up a JustGiving page with the aim of raising the £15,000 needed to fund a new Education Centre for the BWI. The current education centre on the Croatian island of Losinj was built in 2003 and was real game changer when it first opened. It enabled the conservation research to be available to the public which meant that tourists and local people were able to learn about the incredible sea creatures which are right on their doorstep. The popularity of the 2003 Education Centre grew with lots of schools visiting too. Now 16 years old, it’s fair to say it needs a revamp.
Along with our own company donation of £5,000 in the pot, we are still working towards our £15,000 target by sending our clients information about the partnership in the lead up to their trip to Croatia. Once our clients reach stunning Croatia and see its bright blue, clear water and hopefully a few dolphins, we hope they will want to donate to our cause.
What will we be doing together in the future?
Both the teams at Unforgettable Croatia and at the Blue World Institute will be looking for more innovative ways to raise funds for the Education Centre in 2020. We will also be looking for ways to raise awareness of their Adopt a Dolphin scheme. Watch this space!
How can you help the BWI in Croatia?
- Please donate to our JustGiving page.
- Use as many reusable items as you can whilst in Croatia, including the aluminium water bottles and canvas bags provided on Unforgettable Croatia private charters.
- Be mindful of your waste. Recycle where possible whilst in Croatia.
- Talk to your fellow travellers about what you’re doing and why. Tell them about the BWI and their ongoing efforts of marine conservation. The more we talk about it, the more the idea will spread.
- Report a marine life sighting. The Blue World Institute encourage everyone to report any sighting of marine animals for their conservation purposes. You can do so on this link >
- Volunteer – the BWI have several options on how you can take part in their endeavours
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