WHAT IF YOU COULD MAKE EUROPE A WILDER PLACE BY GOING ON A HOLIDAY? – Interview with Simon Collier

“Let’s make Europe even wilder together!” is the motto of Simon Collier representing the European Safari Company. They support and connect locally based partners with unique experiences to the traveler. The European Safari Company hand picks untouched nature based experiences. Simon believes every trip you take has a direct impact on the area, the conservation efforts and the people that you meet. From this experience he draws a line in the following interview with Peter Prokosch to the mission of Linking Tourism & Conservation: Continue reading

Mexico established North America’s largest marine protected area: Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park

Sylvia Earl speaks at the inauguration of Revillagigedo Marine National Park

November 24, 2017, Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed a decree creating the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park. As, among other, The Guardian reported, it represents with its 148,087 km2 North America’s largest marine protected area. The Archipelago is often compared with the Galapagos Islands and now will be a particular good example of managing tourism without allowing tourism infrastructure on the islands (see National Geographic video). LT&C-Partner Mission Blue with Sylvia Earl, who has been one of the promoters of the park, at the inauguration ceremony congratulated President Peña Nieto for this enormous achievement. Continue reading

Development in Zimbabwe – How can your travel, e.g. to the Arctic or Antarctica, be supportive?

This is a classical case, where LT&C can facilitate synergy: You follow the present development for change in Zimbabwe. And you are anyway aware that Zimbabwe is one of the poorest countries in the world, which needs support. But you also know that the country is rich in valuable nature and biological diversity, which needs better protection, e.g. by improving its national park system. – On the other side may be your interest to travel to remote places and explore the worlds most fascinating nature sites. Some of our members take advantage of discounted LT&C-Study Tours to the Arctic or even Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Others may consider such offers as Christmas presents for their loved ones. – But how can you do that with consciousness regarding the climate and your carbon emissions? How could that fit all together? Continue reading

Interview with Jan Brockmann: Rangers support LT&C-mission and SDGs

In October, Jan Brockmann joined our “global penguin network.” Brockmann is a German protected-area educator and guide (ranger), who also leads the Regio-Ranger®. He has also received the “Tourism of the Future” award for his project, handed over by Sustainable Tourism in Travel Destination Niedersachsen. Peter Prokosch, of LT&C, interviewed Brockmann, curious about his motivation to join LT&C and curious about his experience creating “rangers:” Continue reading

9% of Croatia protected – can tourism help to achieve more?

Croatia, a world famous tourism destination, in particular for its “sun and sea” tourism, is also known for its most famous protected area and oldest national park, the Plitvice Lakes National ParkLess known is that Croatia has altogether 444 protected areas, includincluding 8 national parks, 2 strict reserves and 11 nature parks. However, they encompassing only 9% of the country. Whether more could be achieved with support of tourism and whether the special form of glamping tourism could exemplify high sustainability standards, benefit rural areas and finally could become an LT&C-Example, was the background of an LT&C workshop convened in Otočac, October 24-25.  Continue reading

The Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird story in SEVENSEAS

The November issue of the SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation and Travel Magazine is out! And it contains, beside many exiting stories from the marine environment, again an LT&C story: It republishes, what our Rockhopper penguin from New Jersey, Mike Brock, has written about the LT&C-Example Delaware Bay at Cape May, New Jersey, USA. If you have not yet subscribed to this impressive and LT&C-alighned magazine, it is time to do now. SEVENSEAS Media is the leading free resource that promotes marine conservation through community engagement, online media, and eco-tourism, with readers in 174 countries. Continue reading

LT&C penguins offset their climate footprints by supporting the LT&C-Example Kariba REDD+ in Zimbabwe

If you ask yourself, how to compensate for your carbon emissions when traveling or what LT&C members are doing about their climate footprints, you should read about the Kariba REDD+ project in a recent newsletter of our member, the South Pole Group. The project, which is also profiled as an LT&C-Example, has, since 2011, prevented more than 18 million tonnes of CO2from entering the atmosphere. But in addition to helping the climate, the project also supports the independence and wellbeing of local communities. And it benefits the wildlife in protected areas by providing large corridors in-between different national parks. Continue reading

Can Nepal as entire country be profiled as an LT&C-Example?

This question will be followed up by 40 participants from 22 countries during a seminar in Kathmandu and Sauraha/Chitwan. The group belongs to the ANESCo network (“Alumni Network for Ecology, Sustainability and Conservation”) consisting of former students at German universities, which are qualified, engaged and experienced in the fields of sustainability, ecology and / or conservation. Continue reading

Delaware Bay at Cape May, New Jersey, USA

Horseshoe crabs at Delaware beach. Photo: © Jan van de Kam, NL

The Delaware Bay, 39.1202° N, 75.2479° W, is an estuary and outlet from the Delaware River. This USA bay is bordered by Delaware and New Jersey. The bay in total boasts 782 square miles (2031 km2) and is an important place for both rich and natural coastal flora and fauna. It’s known, in particular, for its concentrations of migratory Arctic shorebirds and its beaches where horseshoe crabs lay their eggs.

In 2015, there were 95 million visitors to New Jersey, 12.5 million of those visitors went to Cape May County. Out of those 12.5 million, 24.8% visited Cape May County for nature-based tourism and 11.3% specifically for birding tourism.  Continue reading