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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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LT&C-Annual Meeting, Workshop and Excursion in Iceland

geysir-at-haukadalur-iceland_09d2-1432x2200pxThe Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) as well as a a Workshop about the national park initiative for the Icelandic Highlands will this year take place May 28 at the Hrauneyjar Guesthouse in Iceland. Participants from abroad are recommended to arrive in Keflavik May 27 and take advantage of common transport to the meeting place. If they further want to take advantage of a 3-day excursion May 29-31, look for the information, which is provided by our member and tour operator Siegmund Pfingsten from Naturerlebnisse.

20th issue of SEVENSEAS features LT&C-Example Apo Island Marine Reserve, Philippines

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-22-11-41The 20th issue of the SEVENSEAS travel and marin conservation magazine, published January 1, features the LT&C-Example Apo Island Marine Reserves, Philippines (see pp 56-59). The example, authorised by Rockhopper penguin Iris Carla de Jesus, describes the convincing case of a small marine protected area (MPA) with no fishing zones and its potential to serve as blue print for other MPAs in the biodiversity hotspot of the “Coral Triangle”. Continue reading

Completing a Ring of Marine Protected Areas around Antarctica

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the international body tasked with the conservation of marine life in the Southern Ocean, committed in 2009 to designating a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) by 2012, effectively creating a “ring” of marine protection around the Antarctic continent. Continue reading

2017: International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-13-56-03The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector that contributes to the SDGs.

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December 16: Raet National Park established at South Norwegian Skagerrak-Coast

Today, with blessing of the King, the Minister of Climate and Environment announced the establishment of Norway’s 45th national park, the so-called Raet National Park at the Slkagerrak-coast of Arendal, Grimstad and Tvedestrand. 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. As the park was in planning for 4 years and is placed right at the doorsteps of Linking Tourism & Conservation’s (LT&C’s) headquarters in Arendal, it will be interesting to see if it once can qualify as an LT&C-Example, where tourism is playing a supportive role.
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