Supporting Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean

This initiative aims to obtain explicit support from Antarctic tour operators and/or tourism industry bodies (such as the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators – IAATO) for the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the international body tasked with the conservation of marine life in that region. Continue reading

Taimyr national park initiative

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Taimyr represents one of the largest unfragmented wilderness areas in the entire Arctic (and world wide). Photo: Peter Prokosch

The Taimyr peninsular in northernmost Siberia represents both the largest continuous tundra area in Eurasia and one of the best coverage of protected areas in Russia. The last major contribution to the protected area network on Taimyr happened in 1993 with the establishment of the Great Arctic Reserve (Zapovednik). With new industrial development interests growing in the Arctic and protected areas of the Zapovednik type on the other side, which don’t allow access for visitors, there is a need to establish a national park to the existing protected area system. Continue reading

Protect the entire Central Highlands of Iceland as National Park ! Support the Conservation Movement on Iceland !

  • Photo: Steinar Kaldal
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The Vatnajökull Nation Park covers about 1/3 of the pristine wilderness of the entire Icelandic Highlands

The Vatnajökull National Park, established in 2008, includes all of Vatnajökull glacier as well as the national parks previously existing at Skaftafell in the south and Jökulsárgljúfur in the north, as well as significant new ice free areas. Hence today’s national park covers 14% of Iceland (about 13.920 km2 as of June 2014) and ranks amongst Europe’s largest. In general, national parks are protected Continue reading

Linking Tourism & Conservation in Myanmar – a Project Initiative for a Country in Transition

PHOTOS:  C. Zöckler und P. PalmeR

 

Myanmar, a country in transition, is at a crossroads in regard to its decisions on future development. Tourism will certainly play a major role in these decisions, therefore linking tourism to protect its most valuable resource benefits both Myanmar’s development and its precious natural habitats. A major focus will be on coastal habitats, but Myanmar also offers pristine tropical forest reserves and attractive inland wetlands. Myanmar’s coastline of almost 3,000 km extending along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea offers very attractive wildlife destinations and opportunities for nature-based tourism. Continue reading

The vision of a “Green Belt” through Europe

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Russian-Norwegian border, Pasvik river. Photo: Peter Prokosch

European Green Belt” is the vision of an ecological network, from the Barents Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south. A continuous belt of protected areas stretching over 12 500 km. The vision is that the Green Belt will stand as a living monument and a global symbol for transboundary cooperation in nature conservation and sustainable development. Continue reading