Rwanda LT&C-Member and -Example awarded as “Best of Africa” among the World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations

The World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations have been unveiled in the Awards Hall of ITB Berlin, at the end of its Opening day, March 7. From 100 top-sustainable destinations, 32 finalists had first been selected by a Jury representing 12 international organizations. Among them, the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, represented by LT&C-member Greg Bakunzi (see his recent interview), has been awarded as the “Best of Africa”.

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“The key to completing the ring of Marine Protected Areas around Antarctica lies with a handful of countries” – Interview with Ricardo Roura

Ricardo Roura has some 30 years of professional experience in Antarctica and the Antarctic Treaty System, particularly in the fields of environmental management, cultural heritage, tourism, and protected areas. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is an international body tasked with the management of marine life in the Southern Ocean that surrounds the Antarctic continent. CCAMLR’s membership consists of 24 state parties and the European Union. Continue reading

Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF)

Photo: Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean which is renowned for its unique flora and fauna, half of the land area being protected as nature reserves and the government has committed to protecting 30% of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.3 million square kilometres until 2030. Tourism is one of the major pillars of the economy and plays a crucial role in conservation. The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) is a Seychellois NGO which acts as a connecting platform for tourism stakeholders in Seychelles, facilitating partnerships and joint initiatives for sustainable tourism. Continue reading

Look out for coming LT&C events, but don’t forget to compensate for your climate footprints!

Look out for LT&C-Events or subscribe to our LT&C-Calendar. For example note down the dates for our 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM): May 26-31 in the Majella National Park, Abruzzo, Italy. The formal AGM will be on May 26, combined with a workshop on “Tourism, Wolf Management and National Parks”, followed by a 3-day excursion into the Majella National Park (May 27-29) plus an optional additional 2-day excursion into the National Park of Abruzzo (May 30/31).  Continue reading

Annual Report 2017: What did LT&C do and achieve last year?

Our members (“penguins”), who are well distributed over all continents, are the stalwarts of the organisation.

LT&C in its fourth year still is an entirely voluntary Norwegian-registered NGO but achieved significant global outreach, particular if related to its small budget. Our members (“penguins”), who are well distributed over all continents, are the stalwarts of the organisation. They represent and connect the world of nature conservation and tourism, linking different geographies, society levels and cultures. Ensuring the linkages, synergies and networks between our members and partners are strengthened continues to be a key element of our work. Continue reading

Interview with Greg Bakunzi, Rwanda: “Conservation and community development are the two key pillars of our programs”

Greg Bakunzi with his companies Amahoro Tours and Red Rocks in Muzanze, Rwanda, is a particularly active member in LT&C. In 2015, he joined as a King penguin and since then, he has authored two LT&C-Examples. This year, he upgraded his status to an Emperor penguin, making him the first LT&C supporter in Africa to sign-up for the highest membership level. Peter Prokosch interviewed him to learn more about his motivation and future plans. Continue reading

Tree Top Walks of the Erlebnis Akademie AG

Tree Top Walks are perfect tools to explore and discover landscapes and greenways. Our Tree Top Walks with its spectacular architecture fulfil the task of environmental education and edutainment particularly in National Parks and Biosphere Reserves. All Tree Top Walks of the Erlebnis Akademie AG are in important corridors and greenways of sites with interesting biological diversity. The powerful and impressive design of our Tree Top Walks in breathtaking landscapes attracts vast numbers of national and international visitors. Continue reading

6.97% of the global seas are protected; Colombia just added and now protects more than 10% of its seas

Protected Planet, the most up to date and complete source of information on protected areas, stated for 2017, that the global coverage of marine protected areas (MPAs) is 6.97%. The database is managed by the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) with support from IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). The number of marine protected areas in the world given for 2017 was 15,609, covering 25,245,207kmof the global seas. Now, as the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports, Columbia just added 1,903kmand has exceeded the UN target for 2020 to protect 10% of marine space. Continue reading

If you visit the Arctic: look at the WWF Arctic Tourism Guidelines and AECOs Wildlife Guidelines

If you plan to visit the Arctic (e.g. by participating in an LT&C-Study Tour) you should be aware of some informative guidelines. One was already produced in the 1990s by WWF in cooperation with Arctic tour operators and were called “Linking Tourism and Conservation in the Arctic”. They, in fact, relate to the origin of LT&C. Today you find even site-specific instructions and wildlife guidelines, supported by the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund and produced by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). Continue reading