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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

Last minute 40% discounted opportunity to circumnavigate Spitsbergen

If you can decide quickly and want to see, where LT&C once started, or if you have never been in the Arctic, or if you want to make a very special present to a friend, you should get interested in this last-minute  offer of LT&C-member Oceanwide Expeditions and register for the expedition through LT&C. As LT&C-member you can join on a 40% reduced price. Read more by clicking on the above blue-green text.

June-edition of SEVENSEAS featured migratory bird post of LT&C

In the June-edition of the SEVENSEAS marine conservation and travel  LT&C’s post on the World Migratory Bird Day (May 10) has been republished. The entire SEVENSEAS Media website at sevenseasmedia.org, has been rebuild, now with new features and an integrated jobs portal. Now articles are readable and shareable from all devices. The SEVENSEAS magazine is much aligned with the mission of LT&C and features on a regular basis LT&C-Examples, where tourism is supporting protected areas. Continue reading

New LT&C-Board covers 4 continents

The Norwegian registered NGO Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) with its 200 members (“penguins”) is active on all continents of the globe. Now also the Board-members are based in and acting from 4 different continents. At the recent Annual General Meeting (June 28) in Hrauneyjar, Iceland, two new Board members have been elected: the German sustainable tourism expert, based on the Seychelles, Diana Körner, and the Italian conservation expert, based in Thailand, Sergio Chiarandini. They complement the Board-members, which have been there from the start of LT&C in 2014: Tourism and wildlife management expert Denise Landau, based in the US and UK, economist Ottar Nakken, based in Norway, and German conservation expert Peter Prokosch, based in Norway. Find out more about this international team.

Join last minute on a sailboat in Arctic waters of Svalbard for half the price?

We just were informed by our LT&C-member Oceanwide Expeditions that we now can offer for those deciding last minute the LT&C-Study Tour on the 33-passenger sailing schooner s/v Rembrandt van Rijn for half the ordinary price. It will take place June 27 – July 8, right in the best time of the bird breeding season in the Arctic. The same offer of 50% discount is also valid for LT&C-members for the voyage with the similar itinerary and same schooner in the time June 16 – June 27, 2017 (although not guided by an LT&C-escort).  Continue reading

2017 Sustainable Destinations Top 100 – Will again LT&C-Examples be awarded?

For the third time the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 competition is organised by Green Destinations in cooperation with 20 other international organisations for sustainable tourism. The aim of the competition is to highlight success stories in destination management, and to exchange good practices between destinations. Selection involves formal nomination by destination ambassadors and evaluation by a panel of ca. 100 international experts. Last year 5 of our LT&C-Example providers (see below) where awarded as Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. We therefore encourage all of our present LT&C-Example providers to download the call for nominations for the 2017 award and thereby make their Example even better known.

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Icelandic Travel Industry Association wants well-manged national park to protect the entire Highlands…

Iceland’s Environment Minister, Björt Ólafsdóttir supports the national park initiative

…was one of the results of the LT&C-workshop May 28 in Hrauneyjar, at the entrance to the Icelandic Highlands. The topic was ”Highland National Park: Opportunities to Link Tourism and Conservation”. The event, which followed the Annual General Meeting of LT&C, was opened by Iceland’s Environment Minister, Björt Ólafsdóttir, who explained her support for a national park as well as the next planning stages before it can be implemented. See her presentation: HighlandWorkshop Continue reading