The SDGs – the most important Global Goals ever! How can LT&C support them ?

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September 25, 2015 – Today marks a momentous date in human history: the entire world will agree on the most important common Global Goals ever. It is actually incredible that all 193 nations could agree on these 17 quite comprehensive goals and about 170 fairly concrete and measurable sub-goals. The process to this UN-decision was also unique as millions of members of civil society have been involved. And the goals apply for every nation and citizen of the world equally. We will live in a much better world, if these goals are achieved by 2030.

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Of US$600 billion generated per Year from Protected Areas only is 2% reinvested

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African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus), Tourist attraction at Boulders Beach, South Africa. Photo: Peter Prokosch

A study, which revealed the most visited protected areas in the world
are in the United States and the United Kingdom, has shown that global
protected areas generate over US$600 billion each year while only 2%
of this figure is reinvested in the safeguarding of their future. Continue reading “Of US$600 billion generated per Year from Protected Areas only is 2% reinvested”

The Long Run – Partner of LT&C

The Long Run was created as the international programme of the Zeitz Foundation. It was founded by Jochen Zeitz, the innovative former CEO of Puma who introduced its ethical business framework and Environmental Profit & Loss Account (EP&L), now Director of Kering and Chairman of the board’s Sustainable Development Committee, and co-founder and co-chair with Sir Richard Branson of The B Team. Continue reading “The Long Run – Partner of LT&C”

The UN 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 12.43.10With our partnership to the Sustainable Tourism Programme (lead by UNWTO) as part of the UN 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP lead by UNEP) LT&C links up to the highest Goals the entire world has ever commonly agreed to: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thereby LT&C is contributing specifically to the SDGs 12, 14 and 15. The Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10YFP has been established earlier this year as the successor of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism (where LT&C was already a partner of). Continue reading “The UN 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme”

Chitwan and Bardia National Park, Nepal – Stakeholder cooperations make for an effective conservation model

Chitwan and Bardia National Park, Nepal – Stakeholder cooperations make for an effective conservation model

Responsible and well-managed wildlife tourism offering a first class experience that brings in revenue for conservation projects carried out by the national parks. Both Nepal’s Chitwan and Bardia national park have been effectively managed by both the government and tourist operations to ensure a first-class wildlife experience that indirectly supports and finances various conservation projects and anti-poaching operations to protect the fauna and flora in both national parks. Nepal is a very good example of how the collaboration of the national park body and tourist operations can make an effective model for conservation. Many of the tourists visiting the parks are briefed and introduced to various conservation projects in the area only to walk away inspired and incentivised to support
and help with future protection.

Chitwan and Bardia national park in Nepal are classic cases where responsible and well-managed tourism will protect and conserve the wildlife within it. 50 years ago, Jim Edwards setup up the wildlife operation Tiger Tops Jungle lodge in the heart of Chitwan national park. Since the first tourist arrived in 1965 many other operations have developed at Chitwan and other wildlife destinations in Southern Nepal. The local employment generated from Tiger Tops and other operations has ensured the care and conservation of the locals living in the area. Not only this, but the valued tourist returns from a first-class wildlife experience at both parks and consequently supports a conservation project in the region after returning from a trip. Both Chitwan and Bardia are prime examples that tourism valued by the locals is a fundamental way to protect and conserve wildlife.

The politicians need to be making the right operational decisions to create a superb experience. In the past, the formation of the national parks was down to a strong collaboration between the lodges and the government. Allowing for effective anti-poaching patrolling and park rules that would support both the ecosystem and a wildlife destination. Finance was brought in by the tourists and the lodge operations played their part to educate the locals through various social-development and conservation projects.

Nepal has gone through quite a bit of change in the last 10 years, with a new government now in power there is a duty to make sure the model sustains and quality wildlife tourism thrives. There have been some fantastic new conservation investments and projects set up in collaboration with the national parks.

A great example is the new hi-tech bio-lab facility in far western Nepal which opened last February. The bio-lab is studying Tiger scats and prey species to determine the optimum number of Tigers in Bardia national park. This can be visited by the tourist and is a huge selling point to the park. The type of travel now experienced by the traveller is ‘conservational travel’. Connecting the traveller with nature to inspire, stimulate and encourage conservation.

The formula is very simple and if the two parties (Government and Tourist Operations) agree and work together then effectively there is no reason why the model cannot be
taken to any parks in Asia or Africa where there is sufficient revenue to drive conservation initiatives. The national parks need to create an environment that stimulates the high paying tourist but more importantly local engagement.

Palau produces leading LT&C Example: Tourism and Marine Protected Area instead of Fishery

The Guardian reports, the Pacific island nation of  Palau decided to create a huge marine protected area,  500,000 sq km no-take area, which will be phased in over five years. Tourism, the local economy and biodiversity will benefit from the decision to phase out fishery. It obviously will become a world-leading LT&C-Example, which we will assess separately. First, read the original story of The Guardian by clicking on the link or look at the reprint below. Continue reading “Palau produces leading LT&C Example: Tourism and Marine Protected Area instead of Fishery”

LT&C-Partner MISSION BLUE announces first HOPE SPOT in the Mediterranean Sea

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 18.27.08LT&C is delighted to forward these great news we got from our partner Mission Blue. Mallorca and the Balearic Islands are best known as a hot spot for tourism. That they are linked to a network of marine protected areas is probably much less known. Whether this case can also be featured in the future as a functioning LT&C Example we will be interested to investigate more. First let’s see the original news from Mission Blue: Continue reading “LT&C-Partner MISSION BLUE announces first HOPE SPOT in the Mediterranean Sea”

Blue Solutions

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 14.30.13The Blue Solution Initiative, implemented by GIZ, Grid-Arendal, IUCN and UNEP on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), offers a global knowledge network and capacity development platform. The initiative seeks to identify, exchange and promote good practices and lessons learned towards the conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity. See who else are Collaborators of Blue Solutions.

Bahamas reached the 10% Marine Protected Area goal, half its own 20% goal

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LT&C likes to share what Tribune242 reported from THE BAHAMAS: The country is halfway to meeting its commitment to protect at least 20 per cent of its marine environment by 2020 and making steady progress towards its target, Environment Minister Kendred Dorsett said this week. In the new national parks they “tremendous potential as an area for ecotourism and can generate significant revenue from bird-based tourism”. Thats way it fits into the frame of the LT&C mission, and it will be interesting to see, when and whether we can profile these case as LT&C Example. Continue reading “Bahamas reached the 10% Marine Protected Area goal, half its own 20% goal”