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Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

Holuhraun Eruption and Northern Lights, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland, August 12, 2014. Photo: Peter Prokosch

 

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The Vatnajökull Nation Park covers about 1/3 of the pristine wilderness of the entire Icelandic Highlands

The Vatnajökull National Park, established in 2008, includes all of Vatnajökull glacier as well as the national parks previously existing at Skaftafell in the south and Jökulsárgljúfur in the north, so that today’s national park covers 14% of Iceland (about 13.920 km2 as of June 2014) and ranks amongst Europe’s largest. In general, national parks are protected areas which are considered unique because of their nature or cultural heritage. Theunique qualities of Vatnajökull National Park are primarily its great variety of landscape features, created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity.

The establishment of the Vatnajökull National Park is a result of a major national environmental movement in the 1990s to protect the Icelandic Highlands as one of Europe’s largest wilderness areas against physical fragmentations such as dams, power lines and roads. There are today increasing discussions, whether the present protection area of the national park need to be extended over the entire highlands in order to cope with these continuous threats. Continue reading

Convention on Migratory Species meets in Quito, Ecuador

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 12.30.17The Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) will be held in Quito, Ecuador, from 4 to 9 November 2014. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial Panel and regional coordination meetings on 3 November, and held along with meetings of the CMS Standing Committee on 2 and 9 November. Continue reading

IUCN World Parks Congress, November 12-19, 2014 in Sydney

  • Yugud Va Komi National Park, Russia
  • Magdalena Fjord, Spitzbergen
  • Denali National Park, US
  • Chitwan National Park, Nepal
  • Wadden Sea National Park, Germany
  • Dzanga Ndoki National Park, Central African Republic
  • Mu Koh Lanta Marine National Park, Thailand
  • Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
  • Dzanga Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic
  • Coto Doana National Park, Spain
  • Costa Rica

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda. Continue reading

The vision of a “Green Belt” through Europe

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Russian-Norwegian border, Pasvik river. Photo: Peter Prokosch

European Green Belt” is the vision of an ecological network, from the Barents Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south. A continuous belt of protected areas stretching over 12 500 km. The vision is that the Green Belt will stand as a living monument and a global symbol for transboundary cooperation in nature conservation and sustainable development. Continue reading

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

UN report calls for bold and accellerated global action to meet biodiversity targets by 2020.

Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet the globally-agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets by 2020, says a United Nations progress report on the state of global biodiversity.

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LT&C-Study Tour “Cleaning the shores of Spitsbergen” 2015

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Tourism to and on Galapagos

Land- and sea scape

The Galápagos Archipelago, located on the Equator. about 1000 km west of the Latin American contient, consists of about a dozen major and more than 100 smaller islands. The 7,880 km2 of land and the over 45,000 km2 of surrounding ocean have been better preserved, are closer to what they looked like before Europeans settled there, than any other comparable Archipelago in the world. Continue reading

Why LT&C?

Humans and the rest of biodiversity are critically linked and interdependent. The need for the conservation of diversity of natural habitats and ecosystems on earth is supported by the United Nations through the development of a complete and well-managed network of protected areas by the year 2020 (CBD Aichi 2020 target 11). This goal is achievable with the support of tourism.

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LT&C visible in Madrid

20 cm Imagen Watenmeer Congreso 2014 Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) was established February 2014 as a globally operating NGO in Norway. LT&C made itself public March 10, 2014, in Madrid at the German-Spanish Conference, “Connecting – Natural World Heritage – Sustainable Tourism – How can sustainable Tourism contribute to the conservation of nature reserves?” The European forum was hosted by the German Tourism Board in Spain, the German Embassy in Spain and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, with involvement of UNWTO, UNESCO World Heritage, Lufthansa and others. In the context of the conference focussing on Spanish and German World Heritage Sites and national parks, the concept of LT&C became a center point. Please see the LT&C presentation for more information.