If you think about travelling and want to do good for nature conservation at the same time, you may choose to visit one of our LT&C-Examples: National Parks or other types of protected areas, which are supported by tourism and provide excellent wildlife experiences. LT&C in cooperation with tour operator members offers special tours to visit and study such wonderful examples. If you are yourself an LT&C-member (penguin) you can also benefit from discounted tour offers. Continue reading
The LT&C Example Kariba REDD+ in Zimbabwe (p. 78-81) and the new cooperation of LT&C with the South Pole Group on climate neutrality (p. 116/117) are among the many interesting stories to be found in the February edition of the SEVENSEAS travel and marin conservation magazine. Continue reading
Positive and motivating news have been published by the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) and IUCN: An update of the global statistics to the Protected Planet Report 2016 as of December 2016 shows that there are now just under 15,000 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) spread across 18.5 million square kilometres of ocean and sea. Over 13% of territorial waters are now protected, and dramatic progress has been made towards achieving one of the goals of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Continue reading
Join us and participate in LT&C-Examples! is the message of our new flyer, which goes today to print. 23 quite different examples from all over the world, where tourism is supporting the establishment or development of protected areas, have been authorised and published by our members so far. More will be certainly detected and made visible in the future. Our main goal is to involve our members and partners in activities, projects and incentives that these examples will be learned from and that they will be replicated and multiplied. Continue reading
Zurich, Switzerland and Arendal, Norway, 18 January 2017 – The contribution of tourism to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is increasing. Today, the tourism and ecotourism industry is already feeling the numerous impacts of climate change: sea-level rise and more acidic oceans are threatening coastal tourism infrastructure and natural attractions, and climate change is leading to significant changes in biodiversity. It is against this backdrop that leading sustainability solutions provider South Pole Group and LT&C (Linking Tourism & Conservation), the global sustainable tourism & conservation network, announce their exclusive partnership on climate neutrality. Continue reading
The Kariba REDD+ forest conservation project
is located at Lake Kariba in Northern Zimbabwe, connecting several National Parks and Game Reserves such as Chizarira, Matusadona and Mana Pools National Park
(which is also a World Heritage Site), and Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. Continue reading
I’m a real outdoor person, hiker, veteran backpacker and bushcrafter, and enjoy taking my family into the forest and teaching my two boys a thing or two about nature. I’m passionate about protecting nature from climate change and have spent most of my 25-year career working for WWF’s global climate campaign. This is where I first met Peter Prokosch in 2000, then Director of WWF’s Arctic Programme. Peter and I developed and tested WWF’s initial ideas about increasing ecosystem resilience against climate impacts. These actually helped lay the foundation for WWF’s current global approach on ecosystem resilience. Both Peter and I then moved on to different roles – still in the realm of nature and climate change. I was extremely pleased that our paths crossed again in 2016 thanks to LT&C, and that we can once again work as partners in protecting nature. So, while our collaboration and friendship started as ‘pandas’, it now continues as ‘penguins’!
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) as well as a a Workshop about the national park initiative for the Icelandic Highlands will this year take place May 28 at the Hrauneyjar Guesthouse in Iceland. Participants from abroad are recommended to arrive in Keflavik May 27 and take advantage of common transport to the meeting place. If they further want to take advantage of a 3-day excursion May 29-31, look for the information, which is provided by our member and tour operator Siegmund Pfingsten from Naturerlebnisse.
The 20th issue of the SEVENSEAS travel and marin conservation magazine, published January 1, features the LT&C-Example Apo Island Marine Reserves, Philippines (see pp 56-59). The example, authorised by Rockhopper penguin Iris Carla de Jesus, describes the convincing case of a small marine protected area (MPA) with no fishing zones and its potential to serve as blue print for other MPAs in the biodiversity hotspot of the “Coral Triangle”. Continue reading