Conservation International contact us | site map | search    
The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
enewsletter | news & features | publications & resources    
International Council of Cruise Lines

Our partnership with the ICCL is focused on minimizing the cruise industry's environmental impact and protecting the coastal waters and biodiversity in top cruise destinations.

  • In March 2006, CI and The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) announced a joint initiative to develop a map integrating sensitive marine areas into cruise line navigational charts with the goal of protecting critical marine and coastal ecosystems.

  • In March 2006, the volunteer, independent Science Panel comprised of leading marine experts convened by OCTA, released a series of 11 recommendations to the ICCL based on best management practices for cruise ship wastewater discharges.

  • As part of our work through OCTA, CI releases From Ship to Shore: Sustainable Stewardship in Cruise Destinations, which examines the shared responsibilities among cruise lines, governments, civil society groups, and shore operators to manage the growth and expansion of the cruise industry into sensitive ecosystems.

  • In December 2003, the ICCL and CELB launched the Ocean Conservation and Tourism Alliance (OCTA) to improve wastewater management, establish destination partnerships and promote environmental education for crew and passengers. Read Further

  • In 2002, CI began working with the ICCL when it was researching the industry's overall performance and its past and future challenges. CI released its interim report, A Shifting Tide: Environmental Challenges and Cruise Industry Responses, in 2003. Download Report

    For more information about the International Council of Cruise Lines, please visit


 Photo credits for banner image: (Zebras in Botswana) © CI, Chris Brooks