The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 17.02.10“Promoting the widespread adoption of global sustainable tourism standards to ensure the tourism industry continues to drive conservation and poverty alleviation”

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) serves as the international body for establishing and managing standards for sustainable tourism.  All of our programs and activities work toward this central mission.  GSTC is mostly a volunteer organization, consisting of experts in sustainable tourism and supported by organizations and individuals with a passion for ensuring that meaningful standards are available globally for sustainability in travel and tourism. Those volunteers are organized in working groups which you can learn about in the GSTC Objectives section of this website. Financial support from donations, sponsorship, and membership fees are critical to our own sustainability.

At the heart of this work are the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and the development of the GSTC Criteria for Destinations. These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation.  Sustainability is imperative for all tourism stakeholders and must translate from words to actions.

European Wilderness Society

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The European Wilderness Society is a Pan-European, wilderness and environmental advocacy organisation whose mission is to identify, designate, manage and promote European wilderness.
The engaged and very experienced team behind the European Wilderness Society works highly ambitious to achieve this goal. But together with LT&C we can reach even more! In case LT&C has anything to publish, further information concerning the European Wilderness or a comment to our European Wilderness Society Webpage, please let us know!
Our website is a one-stop-shop for information about the European Wilderness. If LT&C members are interested in being notified about the European Wildernesss in many facets, please register for our Wilderness Newsletter, read our latest annual report or follow us on FB, and Twitter, or join our open Linkedin group!
We are happy to publish your articles, blogs and wilderness related research results.

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The vision of a “Green Belt” through Europe

European Green Belt is the vision of an ecological network, from the Barents Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south. A continuous belt of protected areas stretching over 12 500 km. The vision is that the Green Belt will stand as a living monument and a global symbol for transboundary cooperation in nature conservation and sustainable development.

This is how it looked in 1995: a former Russian border tower in the Pasvik valley, after it was rebuilt into a bird observation tower, inaugurated as symbol for new times in 1995 by former WWF President, HRH Prince Philip, the Russian Deputy Minister of Environment, Amirkhan Amirkhanov, the Director of the Pasvik Zapovednik, Anatoly Khoklov, in presence of both Russian- and Norwegian members opt the border control.

LT&C participated in the  “Showcase ABCGheritage and Workshop on the Development of the northernmost part of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia” – SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP -14TH-15TH OCTOBER 2014, SVANVIK NORWAY. The presentation can be downloaded: LC&T – Pasvik 10:2014

The Green Belt spans 24 countries, running for ca. 12,500 kilometres from the northern tip of Europe through Central Europe and on to the Black, Ionian and Adriatic Seas.

The course followed by the Green Belt is a legacy of history. For decades this line was a symbol for the political and ideological divisions between the European powers. Most of the areas along the Green Belt were long a forbidden zone where no activity was allowed. The “Iron Curtain” was one of the most divisive barriers in Europe. The only positive outcome of this strongly guarded borderline has been the preservation of some of the most important remaining habitats for biodiversity from almost all of Europe’s biogeographical regions.

The route of the Green Belt reveals highly impressive and sensitive landscapes and is home to the natural flora and fauna typical to the regions along its course. As it passes through many different regions and countries, the Green Belt presents itself in many different ways resulting from the various countries’ immense political, biological and socio-economic diversity.

More about the Green Belt Fennoscandia and the vision of a Green Belt through Europe see Barentswatch_ GBF Photos from Pasvik valley

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