Explore and study LT&C-Examples yourself!

If you want to find out, where the idea of Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) originates from you may visit Svalbard next year. If you think about travelling and want to do good for nature conservation at the same time, you may choose to visit one of our LT&C-Examples: National Parks or other types of protected areas, which are supported by tourism and provide excellent wildlife experiences. LT&C in cooperation with tour operator members offers special tours to visit and study such wonderful examples. If you are yourself an LT&C-member (penguin) you can also benefit from discounted tour offers. Continue reading

LT&C-Example Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Virunga was the first national park on the continent of Africa. Today the Virunga National Park of the DR Congo is part of a three countries’ (including Rwanda and Uganda) group of protected areas covering the Virunga mountains, one of the planets hotspots with mountain gorillas as flag-ship species. For much of its long history, though, Virunga National Park has been severely threatened by armed conflict. Thanks to the dedication of the park’s rangers and wardens Virunga has been able to survive. Thereby the cooperation of the Virunga Foundation with the governmental parks authority ICCN played a key role. Continue reading

LT&C visits “Wolf Mountains” in the Eastern Carpathian

September 2-9 a small team of LT&C penguins will visit 3 national parks on the borders of Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia, in the Eastern Carpathian, also known as “Wolf Mountains“. The aim is to study how the Bieszczady National Park (Poland), Uzhansky NP (Ukraine) and Poloniny NP (Slovakia) work together and how this trilateral cooperation can develop further. Can tourism be of any support to this process ? Continue reading

Study tour to Zimbabwe – how to combine your travel with conservation and offsetting your climate footprint

We at LT&C not only want to promote, if people travel to nature areas, that they contribute to protect them. Therefore travellers should preferably visit our LT&C-Examples. But we also want to make sure that as many of those travelling will compensate for their climate footprints. Our member, the South Pole Group, one of the most experienced and credible in carbon offsetting can assist everybody implementing this important duty. They offered us last year for this purpose the Kariba REDD+ forest conservation project, located at Lake Kariba in Northern Zimbabwe, as it serves also as an LT&C-Example and support altogether 7 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to raise understanding how this is working in praxis, South Pole with their partner Carbon Green Africa is offering our members a study tour to the project, promising also great wildlife adventures:  Continue reading

Sun blessed the opening of two national parks on the South coast of Norway

Photo: Øyvind Berg

On the sunny Sunday of August 13, Norway’s Climate and Environment Minister, Vidar Helgesen, officially opened two new national parks at the South Norwegian Skagerak coast: the Raet National Park (607 km2)  and the smaller Jomfruland National Park (117 km2). Both national parks (doubling the Norwegian marine national parks from 2 to 4) were established with broad political support of the local communities, and several thousand participates were proud to celebrate the important event. Continue reading

Norway sailing towards Sustainable Tourism ? Roadmap presented at Arendalsuka

10 tourism- and conservation related organisations, among them Norsk Reiseliv, DNT and Naturvernforbundet, today presented at Arendalsuka a Roadmap for Sustainable Tourism in Norway. This cooperation between tourism and conservation is quite unique and may trigger the Norwegian potential for producing LT&C-Examples. Although the roadmap makes so far no reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world has agreed as common and concrete definition of sustainability, the direction the consortium drafted is quite promising. Download and read:Tourism Road Map Norway or the Norwegian version: veikart-endelig.  Continue reading

Update on LT&C-Example Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Threatened by Mine Proposals

Rebecca Rom explains the campaign. Photo: Peter Prokosch

At a recent LT&C-Study Tour to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota we met Rebecca Rom as the main and very competent campaigner to safeguard this most important wilderness area in the US from getting threatened by a mining proposal. We got convinced that this is a great LT&C-Example, where the regional tourism business raises major political support to prevent serious pollution of the wild waters at the Canadian border. Rebecca provided us with the following update on the campaign, which we illustrate with pictures taken at the study tour. Continue reading

Inauguration of Raet National Park, August 13, 2017

After the Raet National Park at the South Norwegian Skagerrak-Coast has been formally established December 16, 2016, the official and public inauguration will take place on Sunday August 13. One of the key features of the 607 km2 mainly marine protected area are the moraines of the last ice age, visible as shores with round stones. The planning time  of this park, placed right at the doorsteps of Linking Tourism & Conservation’s (LT&C’s) headquarters in Arendal, has been with only 4 years the shortest of any national park in Norway.  Now the Governor (Fylkesmannen) of the Agder provinces on behalf of Norway’s Climate and Environment Minister invites to the official opening on the island of Tromøy. See programme of the day (in Norwegian) on the LT&C-calendar. Continue reading

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