Iceland’s new Coalition Government: “A national park will be established in the central highland region of the country”

Good news to the end of the year are coming from our member in Iceland, Arni Finnsson, Head of the Iceland Nature Conservation Association (INCA): In their collaboration Agreement the new Coalition Government of the Progressive Party, the Independence Party and the The Green Movement commit to “establish a national park  in the central highland region of the country”. And further: “this will be done in consultation with a committee composed of members of all political parties, the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, the local authorities, nature-conservation and outdoor-life associations and other players. The possibility of establishing national parks in other regions will also be examined.”

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How to compensate your climate footprints of this year travel ?

This is a frequent question we get. And can we trust that these carbon offsetting mechanisms and projects do work and are not only an easy alibi ? is often asked as well. LT&C is not only caring for specific forms of conservation-supporting tourism. We also want to encourage travellers to care for the climate. We therefore would like to see our members at least to be well informed about ways to reduce personal climate footprints, if not actively engaged in reducing own carbon emissions. Why it should be a minimum effort of travellers to invest in offsetting projects is explained in the UN-Handbook for Climate Neutrality. A short version combined with a specific offer for our members we get here from our member, the South Pole Group, who is a world leader in this field, trusted e.g. by UN-organisations and WWF (read also: What is Carbon Offsetting and How Does It Work): Continue reading

LT&C-Penguins: apply for getting your LT&C-Example awarded as Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 in 2018!

Go to the website of Green Destinations and find all the information you need to apply for participating in the Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 competition 2018. This should be in particular appealing to our members (penguins), which have described or are involved in an LT&C-Example. Both in 2016 and 2017 several LT&C-Examples made it to the Top 100. It is an extra opportunity to make your great case visible to a global audience. Others should learn from your experience and should participate in the competition of being the world’s best examples of sustainable tourism.

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“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