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Two related Lake Protection Organisations became Partners of LT&C: Global Nature Fund and Lake Constance Foundation

Lake Constance Foundation, created in 1994 as a charitable environmental organization, is invoved in environmental activities on regional, national and European level. LCF has a long term expertise in lake management, sustainable tourism, environmental friendly agriculture and forestry, renewable energies (especially biomass), sustainable land use planning and topics related to business and biodiversity (e.g. food sector). Continue reading

Top-Story in SEVENSEAS: Ring of MPAs around Antarctica (LT&C-Example)

In the March edition of the SEVENSEAS travel and marin conservation magazine the LT&C  Ring of MPAs around Antarctica story (pp 68-73) is already announced on the cover. Completing the Ring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around Antarctica has recently been profiled by our member and Antarctic expert Ricardo Roura as an example of Linking Tourism & Conservation. Continue reading

WWF-EU Report 2017: Preventing Paper Parks: How to make the EU Nature Laws work

Over the last 30 years, the EU has made signifcant progress in protecting nature, reducing air and water pollution,
and tackling global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss, says Geneviève Pons-Deladrière, Director, WWF European Policy Office (EPO).

The WWF 2017 EU Report PREVENTING PAPER PARKS: HOW TO MAKE THE EU NATURE LAWS WORK states that the Nature Directives establish a conservation framework that allows sustainable development while aiming for the effective protection of rare or threatened species across their natural range. This has led to the designation of the largest network of protected areas in the world – the Natura 2000 network – which currently covers 18 per cent of Europe’s land and around 6 per cent of its seas.

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If you think about Travelling: Join an LT&C-Study Tour, experience an LT&C-Example and do good!

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

Positive and Motivating News: Protected Planet Report 2016

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Positive and motivating news have been published by the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) and IUCN: An update of the global statistics to the Protected Planet Report 2016 as of December 2016 shows that there are now just under 15,000 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) spread across 18.5 million square kilometres of ocean and sea. Over 13% of territorial waters are now protected, and dramatic progress has been made towards achieving one of the goals of the Aichi Biodiversity TargetsContinue reading

New Flyer shows 23 LT&C-Examples

Join us and participate in LT&C-Examples!
is the message of our new flyer, which goes today to print. 23 quite different examples from all over the world, where tourism is supporting the establishment or development of protected areas, have been authorised and published by our members so far. More will be certainly detected and made visible in the future. Our main goal is to involve our members and partners in activities, projects and incentives that these examples will be learned from and that they will be replicated and multiplied. Continue reading

Pioneering Sustainable Tourism Organisations Offset Emissions and Support UN Sustainable Development Goals – South Pole Group and LT&C (Linking Tourism & Conservation) announce exclusive partnership on climate neutrality

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 06.44.47 Zurich, Switzerland and Arendal, Norway, 18 January 2017 – The contribution of tourism to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is increasing. Today, the tourism and ecotourism industry is already feeling the numerous impacts of climate change[1]: sea-level rise and more acidic oceans are threatening coastal tourism infrastructure and natural attractions, and climate change is leading to significant changes in biodiversity. It is against this backdrop that leading sustainability solutions provider South Pole Group and LT&C (Linking Tourism & Conservation), the global sustainable tourism & conservation network, announce their exclusive partnership on climate neutrality. Continue reading

The Kariba REDD+ project – helping pioneering sustainable tourism organisations offset emissions and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Kariba REDD+ forest conservation project is located at Lake Kariba in Northern Zimbabwe, connecting several National Parks and Game Reserves such as Chizarira, Matusadona and Mana Pools National Park (which is also a World Heritage Site), and Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. Continue reading

Alexander Quarles van Ufford interviewed by Peter Prokosch: “South Pole Group will leverage our experience with the tourism industry and with developing carbon offset projects”


I’m a real outdoor person, hiker, veteran backpacker and bushcrafter, and enjoy taking my family into the forest and teaching my two boys a thing or two about nature. I’m passionate about protecting nature from climate change and have spent most of my 25-year career working for WWF’s global climate campaign. This is where I first met Peter Prokosch in 2000, then Director of WWF’s Arctic Programme. Peter and I developed and tested WWF’s initial ideas about increasing ecosystem resilience against climate impacts. These actually helped lay the foundation for WWF’s current global approach on ecosystem resilience. Both Peter and I then moved on to different roles – still in the realm of nature and climate change. I was extremely pleased that our paths crossed again in 2016 thanks to LT&C, and that we can once again work as partners in protecting nature. So, while our collaboration and friendship started as ‘pandas’, it now continues as ‘penguins’!

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