Brian T. Mullis is a new member of our global “penguin” network. Based in Portland/Oregon in the US he has a very relevant background in relation to Linking Tourism & Conservation’s mission. Brian began his career working in national parks in the United States, and went on to own and operate an international adventure and eco-travel company for nine years. In 2002, he founded Sustainable Travel International, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve lives and protect places through travel and tourism. Under Brian’s leadership over the course of 14 years, Sustainable Travel International assisted hundreds of ministries of tourism and leading airlines, cruise lines, hoteliers, and tour operators in adopting practices that support a healthy environment, economic opportunity and social well-being. He is a thought leader working at the intersection of sustainable development, conservation and tourism. His vision and perspectives for the future of LT&C could be important for the organization’s future development, role and impact. Peter Prokosch therefore took the chance to interview him about his interest in and perspectives for LT&C: Continue reading
10th of May is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). The common theme this year is “Their Future is our Future – A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People“. The 2017 theme is linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlights the interdependence of people and nature, and more specifically people and migratory birds, as they share the same planet and the same limited resources. Human activity can have a negative impact on birds’ migration, while humankind relies on birds as they deliver environmental services that are invaluable. The 2017 campaign aims at raising awareness of the need for sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that bird conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind. Within this context, LT&C is focusing on saving a chain of protected areas along migratory flyways, with the support of tourism.
Photo: Jack Baucher
The following tour takes place in the context of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Our member Tears for Tigers Travel provides us with an exclusive offer to study the LT&C-Example Bardia National Park and Annapurna. We most likely will be a very small group of LT&C-members using this unique offer of a real LT&C-Study Tour (September 30 – October 7, 2017). If you are interested to combine your wildlife experience with your own support of national parks and the life of local people, you may have a look.
Linking Tourism and Conservation (LT&C) is in its third year of operation. It is still a Norwegian-registered international NGO with no paid staff. However, the voluntary, competent and enthusiastic activities of our members allow us us to be a true global player. Not only are our members (penguins) well distributed over all continents, but their uniqueness relates to the fact that we together speak the language of both conservation and tourism and that we represent different society levels and cultures. Linking and identifying synergy among our members and partners is our core business. Continue reading
In the May edition of the SEVENSEAS travel and marine conservation magazine the LT&C-Example “Campaign to Safe the Boundary Waters” is profiled as one of the top-stories (pp 88-90). The LT&C-story about saving this unique wilderness area at the Canadian border of the USA from severe pollution impacts of possible mining activities, described by Steve Piragis, illustrates a unique example of tourism and travel businesses engaging in protecting nature. It deserves international attention, and SEVENSEAS is helping in this respect by reaching out to 174 countries in the world. Continue reading
If you care about the fate of the tropical rainforest you need to read the book of our LT&C member, Club of Rome member and former long-time director of WWF International, Claude Martin: On the Edge: The State and Fate of the World’s Tropical Rainforests. This book – a Report to the Club of Rome – provides an up-to-date picture of the health of the world’s tropical forests. It integrates information from satellite imaging, ecology and economics to explain deforestation and forest health throughout the tropical world. Almost 50% of the tropical rain forests have gone since the Limits of Growth Report of the Club of Rome was published in 1972. It is vital that the world acts on advice and warnings of this report. Continue reading
Back to back with the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the “Ringelganstage” (April 22) LT&C conducted a workshop with international participants on what we can learn from the Wadden Sea or what could be “exported” from there to other parts of the world. The event took place April 21, 2017, on the small island Hallig Langeneß in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea national park. Host was the Schutzstation Wattenmeer, a founding member of LT&C, which historically plaid a major role in educating tourists about the values of this internationally important tidal area (see German Press Release:Langeness Workshop PM). Continue reading
A new member of LT&C has developed a unique film making approach called 101Visions. Through the work of this team they are supporting NGO’s and Communities that lack a fully resourced communications team – making micro-documentaries that give them a new way to share their story. As well as support to forest communities, they are working on ecotourism and conservation, sustainable development, humanitarian aid and other innovative sustainability projects. Peter Prokosch had the chance to interview Daren Howarth about their important work, which could benefit other LT&C-members Continue reading
Photo: Yannick Beaudoin/GRID-Arendal
The annual Cultural Tourism Week, which coincides with Rwanda’s “Kwita Izina” Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony (Kwita Izina), returns this year for its fifth edition at the Red Rocks Cultural Centre in Musanze district, Northern Rwanda. This year’s event, which takes place from August 25 September 2, is organised by Red Rocks Cultural Centre in partnership with Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C). Continue reading