Conference Workshops

Sunday 25 June

Conference workshops will be held as part of Durban’s first Whale Festival ‘Welcoming the Whales’ co-hosted by SODURBA and WCA. The second day of the festival will be dedicated to sessions on subjects relating to cetaceans and is open to both conference delegates and the general public.

The workshops will be held at the Whale Festival venue, Anstey’s Square, 441 Marine Dr, Ocean View, Bluff, 4052 on Sunday 25th June. Workshops will take place between 11am and 5pm. Transport will be arranged only from Protea Hotel Edward departing at 9am and visiting the old whaling station en-route (see below). Workshop fees can be paid on the day. Attendance is 150 rand per person for ALL attendees. This price includes lunch. Transport costs will be additional but we will try to keep these as low as possible.

Directions to Anstey’s Square can be found here

Guided tour of Whaling Station

Prior to the workshops, whaling expert David Nielsen is offering a guided tour of the old whaling station (a ruin) on the Bluff. Anybody wishing to go on this tour before heading to the workshops must be ready in the lobby at the Protea Hotel Edward to depart at 9am. If you have transport, meet on the grass outside the whaling station on the Bluff at 9.30am. We will spend approximately one hour at the whaling station before departing for the workshops at Anstey’s Square. Please note that closed toe shoes must be worn for the whaling station visit!


WORKSHOP 1: Cetacean Conservation in Southern Africa – challenges and opportunities


This workshop will welcome short talks from across disciplines, aimed at highlighting the key threats to cetaceans in the region. The afternoon session will look at the challenges and opportunities to mitigate these threats in the context of the unique cultural, political, economic, and environmental situation in the region.

Speakers schedule is as follows:

11:00 – 11.30 David Nielsen and Peter Froude: Durban’s whaling heritage

11.30 – 12.30 Luena Fernandes: South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 Diana Rocha: Ponta da Oura Marine Reserve – challenges for marine conservation and ecotourism

14.30 – 15.00 Lloyd Edwards: Whale watching and marine conservation in Port Elizabeth

15.00 – 15.30 Roy Mulder: Effective activism – a discussion

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 16.30 Jennifer Olbers – KZN whale stranding network – how the public can assist

16.30 – 17.00 Rachel Burns – Heaviside dolphins of Walvis Bay, Namibia


WORKSHOP 2: Animals in Tourism Auditing: Case study Whale Heritage Sites

Sperm Whales - diving
Sperm whales

11.00 start


12.30 – 14.00 Lunch


15.30 – 16.00 Break

17.00 Finish

This workshop, hosted by ‘Animals In Tourism’ specialists Hayley Lynagh and Jo Hendrickx of Global Spirit, will provide unique information on how to independently audit animal tourism attractions, by using an auditing process which guarantees a consistent and robust assessment against established criteria for the welfare of animals in tourism.

The workshop will focus on streamlining the current audit process for Whale Heritage Sites, which includes criteria aimed at ensuring minimum impacts on cetaceans and the marine environment, developing sustainable practices, encouraging scientific research, and developing educational and celebratory outreach programmes in local communities.

Whilst participants will learn about audit processes using the ‘case study’ of developing Whale Heritage Sites as an effective tool for marine conservation and sustainable tourism development, they will also benefit from a wider appreciation of how to accurately assess and compare wildlife tourism attractions. This knowledge is applicable for tour operators, NGO’s, specialist consultants, and anybody owning a wildlife holiday business and interested in how the travel industry assesses and accredits tourism activities.


About Global Spirit

As ‘Animals In Tourism’ specialists, Global Spirit offers an independent auditing service which guarantees a consistent and robust assessment of global animal attractions against established industry welfare criteria for animals in tourism.

Global Spirit logo
Global Spirit

We provide a valuable resource and support your business in starting or developing your ‘animal footprint’ journey, offering the tools and access to experts which are essential to success and:

Protect relationships with your suppliers by building a good rapport and alleviating concerns around the audit procedure which places you in a greater position of influence.

Integrate animal welfare into your overall CSR approach by also considering the livelihoods of those people who look after them, and the conservation of the destination environments.

Have the unique ability to understand the importance of the commercial considerations, customer satisfaction, and the industry need for practical solutions to what can be a complex issue to manage.

For more information click here


Hayley Lynagh and Jo Hendrickx

Jo Hendrikx & Hayley Lynah
Jo Hendrickx & Hayley Lynagh, Global Spirit

Global Spirit was co-founded by Hayley Lynagh and Jo Hendrickx to provide the travel industry with professional and independent services which support the implementation of established industry criteria for the use of animals in tourism. Trained in animal welfare and co authors of the Global Spirit’s comprehensive peer reviewed audits, the partners have established themselves as Animals In Tourism Specialists and are committed to supporting positive change within global captive and wild viewing animal attractions.

Hayley’s drive to generate positive change and create opportunities at a community level sparked an initial interest in the responsible tourism agenda which was quickly followed with a move to the tourism industry. Her extensive business skills allowed for an easy career transition where she became recognised within the responsible tourism network and involved in driving the agenda forward. She now harnesses her passion for community development and responsible tourism through the topic of animal welfare.

Jo is a passionate advocate for sustainable tourism, and has dedicated a significant part of her career to working with people to create tourism products which respect the natural environment, improve livelihood opportunities and engage holidaymakers. Galvanising those people to make a difference, together with understanding the importance of delivering benefits to all stakeholders has been key to her success. She continues to a take a ‘solutions focused’ approach to the use of animals in tourism and the people responsible for their welfare.