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

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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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Ecuador, Columbia and Costa Rica: one huge marine protected area agreed

Photo: Hans-Joachim Augst

Photo: Hans-Joachim Augst

Just two weeks after Barrack Obama announced the world’s largest marine protected area, Papahanaumokuakea, prior to the World Conservation Congress on Hawai’i, the presidents of three nations, Ecuador, Columbia and Costa Rica, agreed on a common huge (1,9 million km2!) marine reserve. All these countries, in particular Costa Rica and Ecuador, are known for its world-leading examples of linking tourism and conservation. The expected benefits of nature-based tourism may have been a driving force in coming to this impressive common decision. Read the full story in the National Geographic News.

Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica – one LT&C-Study Tour

For October 30 – November 18 2016 we are preparing for an LT&C Study-Tour, which covers the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsular. This will be performed in cooperation with our founding member and partner Oceanwide Expeditions. Major themes of this tour will be the LT&C-Example South Georgia and Supporting Marine Protected Areas in the Southern OceansLT&C members form an own group on Board MV Ortelius, will be guided by  LT&C-founder Peter Prokosch and will get an extra 10% discount on the ordinary (already 20% discounted) Oceanwide prices. Continue reading

Obama will make Papahanaumokuakea largest marine reserve in the world

IMG_5387According to the newspaper Honolulu Star-Adviser President Barack Obama will expand the 2006 established Papahanaukuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern waters of Hawai’i to become the world’s largest marine reserve. It will permanently protecting coral reefs and deep-sea marine habitat from activities such as commercial fishing and mineral mining, the White Hose announced August 25. This decision Obama will address September 1st at the opening of the World Conservation Congress in Honolulu. Continue reading

Jack London State Historic Park & COASTS (Coalition to Observe and Advance Sustainable Tourism in Sonoma)

Hike to the Wolf House RuinsJack London State Historic Park is a 1400 acres (567ha) wildlife sanctuary. Like all California State Parks, it is a protected area, and it can be explored by using its over 29 miles of trails. Flourishing there is a beautiful mixed forest of oaks, madrones, California buckeye, Douglas fir, and Coastal Redwoods. Continue reading

Chumbe Island LT&C-Example Creator, Sibylle Riedmiller, received Order of Merit Cross

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Sibylle Riedmiller (right) with Ulli Kloiber (Conservation and Education Coordinator; centre) und Eleanor Carter (Alternate Director and former Project Manager; left)

The creator of the LT&C-Example Chumbe Island Coral Park, Sibylle Riedmiller, recently was awarded the Order of Merit Cross from the Federal Republic of Germany. She has created a world-leading example of a functioning private marine protected area supported by tourism.

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SEVENSEAS August-Edition: LT&C-Example Soneva Fushi in Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Maldives

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 19.35.03Within the partnership between LT&C and SEVENSEAS it is envisioned that you will find a  story about a marine LT&C-Example in every edition of the coming months. The recently published August edition of the SEVENSEAS magazine features the LT&C-Example Soneva Fushi in Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Maldives (see pp126-131).  Continue reading