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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

Also in 2017: LT&C-Examples awarded as TOP 100 Sustainable Destinations

The Sustainable Destinations Top 100 has been unveiled for the third time on World Tourism Day 2017. The awards celebrate the efforts of tourism destinations’ responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives. Among the award winners, which were presented to the participants of the Global Green Destinations Gala Dinner, 28 September 2017 in the Museum of the Presidency of the Republic, in Cascais (Palacio da Cidadela de Cascais), were (as in 2016) several LT&C-Examples. Continue reading

LT&C-Penguin Greg Bakunzi: first Rwandan citizen to name a baby gorilla

As eTurboNews (eTN, the Global Travel Industry News) reports from Rwanda, LT&C-member (King Penguin), founder of Amahoro Tours and Red Rocks Cultural Centre and  LT&C-Example provider, Greg Bakunzi, became the first Rwandan citizen honoured to name a baby gorilla. At the Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual baby mountain gorilla naming and conservation ceremony, Greg Bakunzi was among the 19 namers – a star-studded list that also included Howard Buffett, the son of American billionaire investor Warren Buffett, as well as acclaimed Nigerian movie star Patience Ozokwor (commonly known as Mama G). Continue reading

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