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Virunga National Park and LT&C: An Alignment of Visions

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Home to a critical population of endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo is also Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area. The park, which borders important protected areas of Uganda and Rwanda, is managed through a Public-Private-Partnership between the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN) and Virunga Foundation, a UK charity.
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Soneva Fushi in Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Maldives

  • Photo: Moritz Krebs

Soneva’s vision is inspired by nature’s magnitude, mystery and enchanting beauty. We work hand in hand with the environment to craft beautiful, beyond bespoke experiences where discovery is a way of life. We are a strong believer that tourism can have a positive impact on the environment and social development. Many national parks have been created as a result of the tourism industry. We are proud that Soneva Fushi is part of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Continue reading

Celebrating World Wetlands Day – and let’s see where tourism is supporting wetlands

  • Lena delta. Photo: Peter Prokosch

Sustainable Livelihoods is the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2016. This theme is selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the future of humanity and specifically their relevance towards achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat provides outreach materials to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. Click here. Continue reading

Madidi National Park, Bolivia – Examples from Chalalán Ecolodge and San Miguel del Bala

Madidi National Park in northeast Bolivia has been declared as one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. This is because there are many different types of species. For example, there are more than 200 species of mammals, almost 300 species of fish, 1,200 plant species and more than 1,100 species of birds – which is the highest number of bird species of one protected area in the world. The Madidi National Park is also a top tourist destination in Bolivia. Continue reading

West Papua – the World’s first Conservation Province

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 3.21.52 pmOn October 21 last year, an important decision was made for the Coral Triangle in South East Asia, which merits great attention for nature-related tourism. This decision is highly relevant to LT&C’s mission and vision: West Papua in Indonesia was declared as the world’s first Conservation Province, according to the Coral Triangle organization. West Papua is the world’s epicentre of marine biodiversity, boasting more species than anywhere else on the planet. This initiative is an important symbol for South East Asia, given the man-made and natural forest fires that are notorious in Continue reading

France plans 550,000 square kilometres marine reserve in Antarctica

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Photo: Peter Prokosch

In the following we are publishing the news of The Pew Charitable Trusts in order to encourage all Antarctic tourists and tour operators to support this great initiative of the French Government. Use your own channels, develop your own ideas to spread these good news and to help that the plans become real, and let us know.

PARIS—The Pew Charitable Trusts today praised France’s plan to consider expanded protections for the waters around the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (known in French as Terres australes et antarctiques françaises, or TAAF) by creating a highly protected marine reserve about 550,000 square kilometers (212,356 square miles) in size, an area slightly larger than mainland France. Continue reading

Panorama – collaborator of LT&C

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The Panorama is an IUCN led initiative to identify, document and promote “inspiring protected area solutions” across a range of topics and from diverse contributors. These case studies provide the evidence on how protected areas can be solutions to global challenges such as climate change, food and water security and disaster risk reduction – solutions BY protected areas. The Panorama also showcases solutions FOR protected areas, which lead to improved planning, management and governance.

By supporting learning from proven success, the Panorama helps the protected area community avoid reinventing the wheel, and brings existing guidance frameworks to life with real-world examples.

Read more about IUCN’s work on protected areas

Staffan Widstrand: “There has been a major wildlife comeback in Europe”

Photographer Staffan Widstrand, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic

Photographer Staffan Widstrand, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic

Staffan Widstrand became the first Swedish LT&C penguin. Staffan has already been involved in the WWF-initiative “Linking Tourism and Conservation in the Arctic” in 1995, which produced guidelines and codes of conduct for sustainable tourism in the Arctic. Staffan is today a photographer and writer of world reknown. He is the Managing Director of Wild Wonders of Europe, the Vice President of Wild Wonders of China, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of the Rewilding Europe Foundation and Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). He has won numerous international photography and book prizes and awards (among others, his images have been awarded 11 times in the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition) and is also one of the founders of the Swedish Ecotourism Association.

In the following interview, Peter Prokosch asked him for his views and experiences in the field of linking tourism and conservation: Continue reading

Taimyr national park initiative

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Taimyr represents one of the largest unfragmented wilderness areas in the entire Arctic (and world wide). Photo: Peter Prokosch

The Taimyr peninsular in northernmost Siberia represents both the largest continuous tundra area in Eurasia and one of the best coverage of protected areas in Russia. The last major contribution to the protected area network on Taimyr happened in 1993 with the establishment of the Great Arctic Reserve (Zapovednik). With new industrial development interests growing in the Arctic and protected areas of the Zapovednik type on the other side, which don’t allow access for visitors, there is a need to establish a national park to the existing protected area system. Continue reading