WSR Implementation Process
Once World Surfing Reserves has approved a site, the process of implementation begins, which is conducted in a spirit of collaboration between local communities and World Surfing Reserves. The following are steps for the implementation of a WSR site:
Announcement of Approved Site: First, a formal announcement will be made about the site’s approval, which includes communication to stakeholders and the media. This could include a press conference held in the community approved for a WSR.
Before Dedication of the Site: Following the announcement of a WSR site, the local community will begin work on the implementation. This includes the creation of a Local Stewardship Council (LSC), a draft of the Local Stewardship Plan, community outreach and education, and the planning of the site’s official dedication.
The Dedication: The official dedication or enshrinement of a site requires a minimum of six months from the approval date, to allow proper time for planning and to complete the various components of implementation. The dedication event is a very important ceremonial component of becoming a World Surfing Reserve. It honors the unique characteristics of each site, and the activities and themes of each dedication are specific the site’s history, culture, and environment. The dedication could include events such as a sunrise event honoring indigenous cultural traditions, a paddle-out ceremony, a formal ceremony with public comments. The dedication may also include a fundraising event to help support the implementation and ongoing management of the reserve.
Following the Dedication: After the site’s official dedication, the LSC will complete the Local Stewardship Plan and work to carryout the plan. The Council will meet according to the needs identified in the plan. The LSC submits an annual report to WSR at the end of each calendar year.