The Lamu County Spatial Plan (2016 – 2026): Will it safeguard Kenya’s coastal biodiversity and tourism hotspot?

The Lamu mangroves are of global importance. Photo: Peter Prokosch

Coastal Kenya is home to an amazing array of wildlife – it’s one of the most biodiverse parts of Africa. Over 550 plant and 50 animal species found in Kenya’s coastal forests occur nowhere else on earth, WWF-Kenya says. Thereby the main biodiversity and tourism hotspot is the coast of Lamu, where 70% of the countries mangrove-forests still exist. It is a place of global importance, where linking tourism and conservation is an urgent issue. Lamu is stepping into a new era of large-scale development and infrastructure investment, particularly through the multi-million dollar Lamu Port, South Sudan and Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project. And in addition causes the proposed 1,050 MW Lamu Coal Power Station major concern. Now the Lamu County has come up with the nations’ first Spatial Plan (2016-2026), and it even has received support from WWF. For LT&C it will be of interest to see the local tourism business engaged to make that plan a success by securing enough space for well-managed protected nature areas. Continue reading

Last minute 40% discounted opportunity to circumnavigate Spitsbergen

If you can decide quickly and want to see, where LT&C once started, or if you have never been in the Arctic, or if you want to make a very special present to a friend, you should get interested in this last-minute  offer of LT&C-member Oceanwide Expeditions and register for the expedition through LT&C. As LT&C-member you can join on a 40% reduced price. Read more by clicking on the above blue-green text.

June-edition of SEVENSEAS featured migratory bird post of LT&C

In the June-edition of the SEVENSEAS marine conservation and travel  LT&C’s post on the World Migratory Bird Day (May 10) has been republished. The entire SEVENSEAS Media website at sevenseasmedia.org, has been rebuild, now with new features and an integrated jobs portal. Now articles are readable and shareable from all devices. The SEVENSEAS magazine is much aligned with the mission of LT&C and features on a regular basis LT&C-Examples, where tourism is supporting protected areas. Continue reading

New LT&C-Board covers 4 continents

The Norwegian registered NGO Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) with its 200 members (“penguins”) is active on all continents of the globe. Now also the Board-members are based in and acting from 4 different continents. At the recent Annual General Meeting (June 28) in Hrauneyjar, Iceland, two new Board members have been elected: the German sustainable tourism expert, based on the Seychelles, Diana Körner, and the Italian conservation expert, based in Thailand, Sergio Chiarandini. They complement the Board-members, which have been there from the start of LT&C in 2014: Tourism and wildlife management expert Denise Landau, based in the US and UK, economist Ottar Nakken, based in Norway, and German conservation expert Peter Prokosch, based in Norway. Find out more about this international team.

Join last minute on a sailboat in Arctic waters of Svalbard for half the price?

We just were informed by our LT&C-member Oceanwide Expeditions that we now can offer for those deciding last minute the LT&C-Study Tour on the 33-passenger sailing schooner s/v Rembrandt van Rijn for half the ordinary price. It will take place June 27 – July 8, right in the best time of the bird breeding season in the Arctic. The same offer of 50% discount is also valid for LT&C-members for the voyage with the similar itinerary and same schooner in the time June 16 – June 27, 2017 (although not guided by an LT&C-escort).  Continue reading

2017 Sustainable Destinations Top 100 – Will again LT&C-Examples be awarded?

For the third time the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 competition is organised by Green Destinations in cooperation with 20 other international organisations for sustainable tourism. The aim of the competition is to highlight success stories in destination management, and to exchange good practices between destinations. Selection involves formal nomination by destination ambassadors and evaluation by a panel of ca. 100 international experts. Last year 5 of our LT&C-Example providers (see below) where awarded as Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. We therefore encourage all of our present LT&C-Example providers to download the call for nominations for the 2017 award and thereby make their Example even better known.

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Icelandic Travel Industry Association wants well-manged national park to protect the entire Highlands…

Iceland’s Environment Minister, Björt Ólafsdóttir supports the national park initiative

…was one of the results of the LT&C-workshop May 28 in Hrauneyjar, at the entrance to the Icelandic Highlands. The topic was ”Highland National Park: Opportunities to Link Tourism and Conservation”. The event, which followed the Annual General Meeting of LT&C, was opened by Iceland’s Environment Minister, Björt Ólafsdóttir, who explained her support for a national park as well as the next planning stages before it can be implemented. See her presentation: HighlandWorkshop Continue reading

LT&C-Workshop on the Icelandic Highlands National Park Plans

Photo: Steinar Kaldal

May 28, 2017, together with the Iceland Nature Conservation Organisation (INCA) and Landvernd, LT&C is planning a Workshop on the topic “The Icelandic Highlands – one National Park? How can tourism support this idea?”. In her opening speech Iceland’s Minister of the Environment, Björt Ólafsdóttir, will update us on the present status of plans from the Government of Iceland to protect the Highlands. Continue reading

Friends of Karura Forest Community Forest Association

The Karura Forest Reserve is one of the world’s largest forests fully within a major city limits, Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The 1,000 hectare upland sclerophyllus forest has been under threat from over-exploitation and unplanned development since it was gazetted in 1932. Kenya’s 2005 Forest Act made visionary provision for the establishment of Community Forest Associations (CFA) for each National Forest Reserve. In 2009, inspired by Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai’s campaign to rescue Karura and indeed all nation’s forests from greed-driven development, a group of the Karura Forest’s neighbouring stakeholders joined forces to establish and launch the Friends of Karura Forest (FKF) CFA. Since then, with unprecedented support from local corporations and communities FKF and the parastatal Kenya Forest Service have worked together within the terms of a carefully-negotiated Joint Management Plan. The results speak for themselves: Continue reading

Conservation of Marine Species in Côte d´Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

 

CEM (Conservation des Espèces Marines or Conservation of Marine Species) is an African-European NGO founded in 2015. Their primary objective is to protect marine turtles at Côte d´Ivoire, the Ivory Coast, in West Africa.

The 40km long coast is where the olive ridley, Lepidochelys olivacea, the leatherback, Dermochelys coriacea, and the green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, successfully reproduce. CEM’s goal is to secure the remaining habitats along the coast for these turtles. Continue reading