New Zealand announces one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries

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John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has announced that a large area of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone will be turned one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries. A vast stretch of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone is being turned into an ocean sanctuary in a landmark deal to preserve one of the most pristine and unique environments on earth. Watch his speech or read further: Continue reading “New Zealand announces one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries”

New teaching resource for sustainable tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage 

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The International Wadden Sea is not only a World Heritage Site, it is also the largest marine protected area in Europe and most important “intercontinental airport” for coastal birds along the East Atlantic Flyway. And the different national parks and other protected areas within the three Wadden Sea countries, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark,  each year are visited by several million tourists. Linking Tourism & Conservation since last year is profiling the Wadden Sea as one of the global LT&C-examples, where tourism is supporting protected areas. Now, WWF in cooperation with the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) and others, has come up with a new teaching resource for sustainable tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage, which may lead to further strengthening of the LT&C-example. Read the official news: Continue reading “New teaching resource for sustainable tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage “

Penguin No 100 is the first one from Canada

130312_Carol_Veronica_Iceland_002Within the first 20 months of Linking Tourism & Conservation’s existence our world population of LT&C-penguins (members) has been constantly growing. As visible on our world map penguins are distributed over all continents, although with more dense sub-populations in Europe. As the roots of LT&C are in the Arctic it is no wonder that our penguins are getting more and more common in Arctic countries. However, we missed so far penguins in the important and second largest Arctic country, Canada. We are therefore particular happy that LT&C-Penguin No 100 is from Canada: Carol Devine. Carol joined the LT&C study-tour “Cleaning the Shores of Spitsbergen” and told on board her own exciting life story, which is heavily related to the Polar environment, particular the Antarctic (where the real penguins belong to). She could have placed her LT&C penguin also on the Antarctic continent. Continue reading “Penguin No 100 is the first one from Canada”

What if tourism could save the world’s protected areas?

velkomkstbildeIMAGINE a world in which tourism sustainably supports the protection of the nature on which it depends. This is the goal of LT&C.

The tourism industry has a fundamental interest in the effective protection of nature around the world.

  • Over 50% of all tourists make use of protected areas
  • Nature tourism is the most rapidly growing segment of the global tourism industry

Continue reading “What if tourism could save the world’s protected areas?”