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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

October edition of SEVENSEAS magazine features LT&C-Example Galapagos

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-11-21-02The October edition of the SEVENSEAS travel and marin conservation magazine is out, as usual in the first days of the month. LT&C can only recommend to everybody interested in travel and marine protected areas to subscribe to this wonderful magazine. It does not cost you anything to get it regularly on your computer. This time it features the LT&C-Example Galapagos with great pictures of our penguin Hans-Joachim Augst. Continue reading

5 LT&C-Examples awarded as “Sustainable Destinations TOP 100”

5 LT&C-Examples have been awarded as  Sustainable Destinations Top 100 when this award scheme was unveiled 27 Oktober 2016 on World Tourism Day and Green Destinations Day. The awards celebrate the efforts of tourism destinations‘ responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives. The list is the result of open calls in newswires, social and business media. Destinations could be nominated by any interested party through a form that was available online. Continue reading

Ramsar Convention on wetlands collaborates with LT&C

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-22-02The Ramsar Convention is a multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) adopted in 1971 to provide the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. There are 169 countries that are signatories to the Convention. Under the Convention, more than 2,200 sites around the world, with an area of more than 200 million hectares, have been designated as Wetlands of International Importance. LT&C collaborates with Ramsar in order to commonly identify and profile examples, where the protection of Wetlands of International Importance are supported by tourism (LT&C-Examples).  We join forces to develop incentives and tools that such examples are getting upscaled and replicated.

World Conservation Congress calls for trilateral World Heritage nomination for the intertidal zone of the Yellow Sea


Graphic: GRID-Arendal from Living Planet: Connected Planet

Initiatives to protect the internationally important but highly threatened tidal flats of the Yellow Sea of China and Korea came among other from the LT&C-Example Wadden Sea.  As the trilateral Wadden Sea achieved the status of a World Heritage Site, and its tidal flats are of crucial importance for millions of Arctic shorebirds using the East-Atlantic Flyway, so has the Yellow Sea a comparable role for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. It is therefore of great value that also the members of IUCN at the recent World Conservation Congress agreed on a strong motion for the Yellow Sea and request to “consider the possibility of a future trilateral World Heritage nomination for the intertidal zone of the Yellow Sea with support from surrounding countries”.

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World Conservation Congress: Representative systems of protected areas in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean wanted

icebergs-antarctic-peninsula_869e-2200x1430pxOne of the outcomes of the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i was that a motion for Achieving representative systems of protected areas in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean was agreed by large majority of IUCN-members. LT&C only recently has presented the initiative for Supporting Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean. And in November an LT&C-Study Tour to the region is offered for our members in order to learn more about this important campaign. The IUCN motion should now also stimulate tourism companies operating in Antarctic waters to support this goal and to convince their respective governments.

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