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Cancun Declaration puts emphasis on positive potential of linking conservation and tourism

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At the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP13 CBD), which presently takes place in Cancun/Mexico, Ministers agreed on important global goals in their Cancun Declaration. More than ever in a similar conference the positive potentials of the links between  conservation and tourism are highlighted. This can also be interpreted that the mission of LT&C, which understands itself as a support organisation to the so called Aichi Targets of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is gaining ground. Continue reading

Non-Profit Partner Organisations and LT&C-Corporate Members

Here you find non-profit (environmental) organisations, which share common interests and partnered with LT&C, as well as corporate LT&C-members (penguins). The corporate penguins may offer specific services for our members. Among them are tour operators involved in LT&C-Examples or which provide LT&C-study tours to our members. They all have the right to use the LT&C logo. You may click on their logo to view their websites

Campaign To Save The Boundary Waters

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-16-57-08The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota is America’s most popular wilderness with over 250,000 visitors each year. The 1.1 million acres with over 1,000 lakes holds over 20% of all the water in the national wilderness system. From the air the BWCAW appears to be more lake and stream than land. Some 80,000 people from around the US and the world come to camp and travel each summer by canoe without the use of outboard motors and by dog team in winter. Continue reading

After Ross Sea success: SEVENSEAS explains the need for a Circum-Antarctic Marine Protected Areas Network

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-10-30-41The November edition of the SEVENSEAS travel and marin conservation magazine came out just after the news about achieving the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA), the Ross Sea in Antarctica, had spread. The magazine, always coming out at the 1st of a month, just managed to publish this news also. And just perfectly fitting, they published in the same edition (pp. 92-99), why there is a need to complete the ring of MPAs in the Southern Seas all around Antarctica. They just took what LT&C-member and representative of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Ricardo Roura, had authored als LT&C-Initiative on our website: Supporting Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Oceans. Continue reading

Penguins of the world can celebrate: Antarctic Ross Sea Marine Protected Area approved by CCAMLR!

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-06-33-19With the support of 25 countries – including an initially reluctant Russia – it was decided this week at the meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, to create one of the world’s largest marine sanctuaries: Antarctica’s Ross Sea will become a marine protected area (MPA)! It will cover 1.55 million square kilometres (roughly the size of France) of highly valuable ocean with incredible wildlife.

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Wild Jordan Adventures

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all photos: Wild Jordan

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is an independent non governmental organization in Jordan given the mandate of conserving biodiversity in Jordan. RSCN does so by creating and managing nature reserves. Part of RSCN’s interventions includes the creation of nature based businesses that do not exert pressure on the natural resources of the area. These businesses include ecotourism facilities and activities and craft production workshops. Surrounding local community is employed to provide alternative income. All revenues generated contribute to the cost of conservation programs in the area. Continue reading

VIDEO: What is CCAMLR and how can you help them protect the Antarctica’s waters?

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-15-48-47What is and how can you help them protect the Antarctica’s waters? A short answer you get from the VIDEO of the Antarctic Oceans Alliance. The video timely comes out while the members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet in Hobart, Tasmania, these days, to discuss the establishment of marine protected areas.  Continue reading

Icelandic parliamentary elections brings Highland National Park nearer

 

Photo: Steinar Kaldal

Photo: Steinar Kaldal

Upcoming general elections in Iceland (October 29) have revealed a growing support for a highland national park among Icelandic political parties. The nation´s public TV station (RUV) recently broadcast a program/show where environmental issues where discussed. Candidates from all 10 political parties that run for the elections were invited. The show featured a short clip about the central highland and ideas of a highland national park. All candidates were then asked if their party supports the idea of a highland park. Out of the 10 parties, five unconditionally support the central highland being turned into a national park. Three parties welcome the idea and want to look further into it, and two parties did not answer the question directly but talked about the importance of public access and utilization in the highland. 

 

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WWF-“Linking Tourism and Conservation in the Arctic”-guidelines still valid and alive

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-19-47-18In den plenary session “Preparing for Arctic Tourism Growth” of the recent Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavik/Iceland the guidelines for Arctic tourism WWF developed in the late 90s under the title “Linking Tourism and Conservation in the Arctic” (wwf_tourism_conservation) became alive again. Halldór Benjamin Porbergsson, Senior Vice President, Icelandair Group, referred to them as part of the airline company’s sustainability policy. The Ten Principles for Arctic Tourism and related codes of conduct for tour operators and tourists in the Arctic were once the outcome of growing cooperation between tourism business, research and conservation and have something to do with the origin of LT&C. Continue reading