AECO Community Engagement Program
The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has for many years been dedicated to managing responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic with respect and consideration for local people, communities and cultural heritage.
Through our Community Engagement Program, we target the task in an innovative and collaborative manner engaging communities, stakeholders, visitors and tourist operators across the Arctic, -ensuring that expedition cruise tourism in the Arctic is carried out in partnership and dialogue with local stakeholders. This emphasis ensures that measures, considerations and mutual benefits, meet objectives a of sustainable expedition cruise development, as well as ensuring that community perspectives are considered in cruise management strategies.
AECO’s Community Specific Guidelines
AECO’s Template for Development of Community Specific Guidelines is a tool used by Arctic communities to create guidelines specific to their own community. These guidelines are initiated and made locally by the communities – hereby meeting their perceptions of how they wish to present themselves and what considerations one should take as a guest and operator.
Go to page: Community Guidelines
Sharing of best practices
AECO is working to collect, systematize and share best practices to contribute to a holistic and sustainable development within community engagement and tourism management. Results of this work will be published in due time.
Local idea, initiative or project
Do you have any local ideas, initiatives or projects that can contribute to our objective of ensuring dialogue and collaboration between your community and our members, please contact us!