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Can the planned Raet National park outside Arendal, Norway, become an LT&C-Example ?

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The Norwegian term “Raet nasjonal park” could probably be translated to “Rolling Stones National Park” – maybe a good trademark. Photo: Peter Prokosch

“Can the planned Raet National Park outside Arendal, Norway, become an LT&C-Example, where tourism is supporting the establishment and development of the park?” was the framing question of a recent workshop at Linking Tourism & Conservation’s (LT&C’s) headquarters in Arendal. LT&C-members from Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and Norway as well as representatives of local tourism, political parties and research were looking at the present plans for the national park. One outcome of the workshop suggested that: the regional planners could most probably learn from the successful links, processes and synergy of marine protected areas (MPAs) with tourism in New Zealand. Continue reading

New Zealand Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as LT&C Exemples – Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve

common-thumbnailNew Zealand is a leader in the successful implementation and ongoing sustainability of MPAs and they are able to achieve these outcomes from well thought out approaches that enable tourism to support conservation. Beginning in the 1970’s New Zealand established the Marine Reserve Act in 1971  and in 1981 the NZ government established its second MPA called the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve. Since this time, NZ has established 44 Marine Protected Areas and all of them are “no-take” zones. A “no take” zone means there is no fishing, no mining, no oil extraction and minimal interference. Continue reading

World’s Penguin Day – help establish Antarctic Ocean Sanctuaries!

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World’s Penguin Day: help protecting their environment ! Photo: Peter Prokosch/GRID-Arendal

April 25 marks an important day to commemorate a magnificent and resilient marine bird – World’s Penguin Day. Penguins live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. This area in the world has the most extreme weather conditions – the coldest, driest, and windiest, according to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC). Ice continues to recede and diminish, while overfishing reduces their diet exponentially. Pollution and environmental degradation take away the purity and cleanliness of their habitat. Here is the chance to engage and help securing the future of the Antarctic penguins and their entire environment: Continue reading

Comment on and support proposal for North Kimberley Marine Park in Western Australia!

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 13.57.54Until May 20 you have a chance to be active and support the establishment of the North Kimberley Marine Park in Australia by commenting on the present plan! Download the management plan: 20150315_proposed_north_kimberley_management_plan and see below instructions on how to comment. The Department of Parks and Wildlife of the Government of Western Australia is inviting for comments. We encourage members of LT&C and others who want  to be active in Linking Tourism & Conservation to use this opportunity to support the establishment of the second largest State marine park in Australia. If you want to let LT&C know, whether you have positively commented and your activity should count as a LT&C activity, please use the form CONTACT US at the bottom. Continue reading

Apo Island Marine Reserve, Philippines

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Photo: negros-traveling.com

The Coral Triangle includes the land and seas of six countries. Collectively known as CT6, they are Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste. According to the Asian Development Bank[1], The Coral Triangle has exceptionally high marine biodiversity, harboring 76% of the 798 known coral species and 37% of the 6,000 worldwide coral reef fish species. In addition, while the Coral Triangle occupies only about 1.6% of the world’s oceans, it covers the largest single coral reef extent of nearly 73,000 square kilometers or 29% of the global coral reef area. Continue reading

Example from Cambodia: tourists pay for species they see

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Graphic: Ross Sinclair, WCS

Our collaborator IUCN-Panorama hosted recently 2 webinars on protected area success stories. Among them were also LT&C-Examples. Others definitely should be profiled as LT&C-Examples as they were excellent stories, where tourism supports protected areas. All presentations and recordings from the 2 sessions can be downloaded from the Panorama website. One striking example was presented by Ross Sinclair from the Wildlife Conservation Society: Profiting from eco-tourism in CambodiaContinue reading

Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina places marine management high on the agenda

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Local peoples fishing boat, Anakao, South-west Madagascar. Photo: Peter Prokosch/ GRID-Arendal

As Blue Ventures published Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina met with conservationists at the University of Cambridge, placing marine management high on the agenda. At the upcoming Africa Forum of Blue Solutions Madagascar is likely coming up with marine protected area (MPA) solutions fitting into our context of LT&C-Examples, where tourism is supporting MPAs. Read more from the original news from Blue Ventures: Continue reading

Ecuador established 40 000km2 Marine Sanctuary (No-Fishing Zone!) around the Northern Galápagos Islands

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Photo: Hans-Joachim Augst

As National Geographic reports, Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, announced March 21 the creation of a new marine sanctuary, together with 21 smaller conservation areas scattered through the volcanic archipelago, protecting over 47,000 square kilometers, or about one third of the water around the Galápagos Islands (which Ecuador administers). The new sanctuary alone encompasses 40,000 square kilometers and extends around the northern Galápagos islands of Darwin and Wolf.   Continue reading