The Republic of Costa Rica maintains a total area of 51,100 km2 and a coastline of 1,290 km2. While the small country makes up about 0.003% of Earth’s land, it is home to roughly 5% of the world’s (known) species. Costa Rica’s name, literally meaning “Rich Coast,” continually lives up to its flourishing ecosystems that are blooming with flora and fauna, as visitors flock to experience the country’s surreal ‘richness.’ The impressive biodiversity is attributed to its many microclimates and unique geography, which allow for a vast array of ecosystems; however, its ability to constantly flourish also accredited to the nation’s government, which has shown exemplary improvement in its conservational efforts. The government has been able to achieve its status by regulating the country’s natural resources, and by laying the fundament for conservation-supportive tourism. Through these efforts, the country has actually become a world-leading example of how linking tourism with a growing protected area network can lead to a simultaneous growth of both socioeconomic and environmental concerns. Continue reading
Right for the beginning of 2019, we are looking for an intern, who is interested in our mission of linking tourism and conservation and would like to work for at least half a year in our office in Arendal on the South coast of Norway. The ideal person is a native English speaker, has communication skills and is interested in nature conservation and tourism. You would be involved in our communication activities, events we are planning for 2019 and would be in contact with our global network of our members (penguins). If you are interested just contact us.
As usual, we recommend reading the edition of the SEVENSEAS marine conservation and travel magazine. It is their 42nd edition, and although this time it does not publish another LT&C-Example, it is full of stories closely related to LT&C’s mission and contains wonderful biodiversity images. SEVENSEAS is a partner of LT&C. They work – as LT&C – with minimal operating costs to produce this highly relevant and valuable marine conservation and travel communication channel. You can help by subscribing and supporting them to make sure this resource does not go away.
LT&C will give a keynote presentation at the international conference «Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia», which takes place October 17 – 20, 2018, at the Rosa Khutor mountain resort in Sochi. Well-known experts, political and business leaders from many countries will gather for a comprehensive discussion of challenges and opportunities related to the development of sustainable tourism in Russia.
LT&C became a partner in an EU-Erasmus+ project on BEST PRACTICES FOR AN ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE THROUGH RURAL TOURISM. This provides an opportunity for 5 young, tourism-engaged, Norwegians to participate in a 2-weeks workshop in Portugal and develop together with colleagues from Spain and Portugal good ideas rural tourism in their home areas. Continue reading
Never before with an LT&C-study tour
to the North of Svalbard did we have to navigate that far North to reach the sea ice for observing polar bears in their natural habitat. Also, the 100-passenger ship, M/V Plancius, has never been before up to 82.47 degrees North. While our 9 members at this year’s autumn tour to Svalbard were privileged to study the impressive LT&C-Example
, where once the cooperation of tour companies and conservation organizations has lead to the establishment of new national parks, they were deeply touched to see the polar bear’s homeland shrinking. The more awareness it has caused that caring for climate change is urgent. Therefore we urge our members and other travelers to compensate for their own climate footprint as a minimum to do: https://bit.ly/2wWJisT Continue reading
WWF Adria has invited LT&C to participate in a conference in Croatia, which is organised in the framework of the project “Central Europe Eco-Tourism: tools for nature protection˝ and aims to establish an innovative sustainable tourism management system in protected areas and Natura 2000 sites in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia. The Conference is creating an opportunity for the representatives of national-level decision makers and agencies in the field of nature protection and sustainable tourism, managers of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites and other experts to discuss and share experience about the most successful measures of reducing the negative impact of tourist visits in protected areas and Natura 2000 sites as well as inclusive conservation governance models. If you are interested, read more on the LT&C-Calendar, and get registered. Continue reading
LT&C reported earlier about Raet national park, Norway’s so far largest marine protected area. After the shortest planning time of any Norwegian national park (only 4 years), the park on the Skagerrak coast of Southern Norway was established in December 2016. Another record was achieved with the several thousand participants at its inauguration in summer 2017. This summer, the main initiator of the park, former Aust Agder governor Øystein Djupedal, opened Raet’s first information center, which is situated in the basement of the building (Kunnskapshavn) in Arendal, where also LT&C has its office. Our involvement in the further discussions about the development of Raet national park, therefore, is a given. For the German readers, we can in this context point to an article in the recent edition of the magazine “Nationalpark”. Download it here: Themen Continue reading
Arendalsuka, which happened last week, has been called the “Dancing-floor of Democracy”. Just after summer holidays and copied from a similar event in Sweden, Almedalsveckan on Gotland, each year it is THE political event in Norway. All the top leaders of the government, the political parties, numerous organisations and civil society are discussing top issues of the time. This year the record of 1100 different events took place over the week. As LT&C has its main office in Arendal, we were of course most interested to participate in events related to our mission to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and issues of tourism, nature conservation and protected areas. Continue reading