Ecuador established 40 000km2 Marine Sanctuary (No-Fishing Zone!) around the Northern Galápagos Islands

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Photo: Hans-Joachim Augst

As National Geographic reports, Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, announced March 21 the creation of a new marine sanctuary, together with 21 smaller conservation areas scattered through the volcanic archipelago, protecting over 47,000 square kilometers, or about one third of the water around the Galápagos Islands (which Ecuador administers). The new sanctuary alone encompasses 40,000 square kilometers and extends around the northern Galápagos islands of Darwin and Wolf.   Continue reading “Ecuador established 40 000km2 Marine Sanctuary (No-Fishing Zone!) around the Northern Galápagos Islands”

Tourism to and on Galápagos – managing tourism related conservation challenges

Tourism to and on Galápagos – managing tourism related conservation challenges

The Galápagos Archipelago, located on the Equator. about 1000 km west of the Latin American continent, consists of about a dozen major and more than 100 smaller islands. The 7,880 km2 of land and the over 45,000 km2 of surrounding ocean have been better preserved, are closer to what they looked like before Europeans settled there than any other comparable Archipelago in the world.

Organized tourism started in the 60ies, at a time when the resident population was around 2500. Over this half-century, the number of visitors to the Islands rose to around 200 000 p.a., leading to an increase of the resident population of about 25 000. Simultaneously the capacity to avoid, mitigate and manage resulting conservation problems have increased vastly, but, as in most other island systems, the impact of introduced species is significant and the increase of tourism-related traffic has not yet been met by a satisfactory system of quarantine.

Over the past half-century political support by the Ecuadorian has been significant and positive. Having said that, it is clear that this support is, at the end of the day, a function of the significance of Galápagos for the Ecuadorian economy. This is where internationally led education of potential GPS customers/tourists becomes crucial; if tourists want and pay for wilderness and unspoiled land and sea, conservation investments will be made.

We’ve had exchanges with National Parks in other parts of the world. The GPS National Park Service is fairly well developed and can serve as a model, also in a negative way.

Plans to establish the central highlands as a national park one step closer to reality…

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 15.39.29…says Iceland Magazine. This is great news and the outcome of a recent conference in Reykjavik of the two main conservation organisations in Iceland, our member INCA and Landvernd. Protect the entire Icelandic Highlands as National Park ! Support the Conservation Movement on Iceland ! is one of the first project initiatives LT&C is involved in. Continue reading “Plans to establish the central highlands as a national park one step closer to reality…”

Panorama twin webinar on sustainable protected area tourism solutions

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 16.05.00We like to publish the following announcement of our collaborator Panorama about 2 webinars, which should be of interest to all supporters of the mission of Linking Tourism & Conservation:

The tourism business plays a major role in sustaining the global network of protected areas. At the same time, half of all international travelers visit a protected area during their trip. However, the advocates of natural spaces often are concerned about the potential impacts of unsustainable tourism. Continue reading “Panorama twin webinar on sustainable protected area tourism solutions”

Claude Martin: “A very large part of the world’s biodiversity depends on the conservation of intact tropical rainforests”

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Claude Martin is the author of the 2015 Report to the Club of Rome “On the Edge – The State and Fate of the World’s Tropical Rainforests”. He has been involved in tropical forest conservation and policy since the 1970’s as scientist, national park manager and as the Director General of WWF International from 1993 to 2005. Under his leadership WWF developed into the world’s largest conservation organisation, with over 4500 staff. From 1995 to 2006 Claude Martin served as member of the China Council on International Cooperation, Environment and Development (CCICED) – an advisory body to the Chinese Government, and from 2006 to 2013 as Vice-chair of the International Institute for Sustainable Development ­– IISD. Continue reading “Claude Martin: “A very large part of the world’s biodiversity depends on the conservation of intact tropical rainforests””

LT&C-Study Tours combine unique wildlife experience with conservation

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Linking Tourism & Conservation seeks to identify and share tools and incentives that encourage replication of best practices in sustainable tourism: those that support the establishment or management of national parks and other types of protected areas. We profile such LT&C-Examples in order to celebrate them and make them visible to those who are interested in understanding how this can be done. To get a first-hand experience of how tourism can support protected areas you may join a LT&C-Study Tour, such as last years’ tour to Svalbard (see video). To be always updated on LT&C-Study Tours and events look at the LT&C-calendar. Continue reading “LT&C-Study Tours combine unique wildlife experience with conservation”

Workshop with new partner, The Kesho Trust, in Saadani National Park, Tanzania,

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 10.32.15mangroves-in-the-lamu-area-indian-ocean-coast-of-kenya_2ba4-2200x1476pxThe Kesho Trust became a new partner of LT&C. Together and in cooperation with IUCN Panorama we will in late May run a workshop in the Saadani national park to study the potential development of the park towards becoming an LT&C-Example. The workshop is part of an LT&C study tour to 4 countries in East Africa. Continue reading “Workshop with new partner, The Kesho Trust, in Saadani National Park, Tanzania,”

The Kesho Trust

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 10.32.15The Kesho Trust works to facilitate and support community led activities that foster positive relationships between local communities and their natural environment and help safeguard the biodiversity around protected areas. Relationships between protected areas and local communities frequently suffer from a lack of mutual understanding and collaborative efforts to resolve issues. Continue reading “The Kesho Trust”

World Heritage and LT&C Example WADDEN SEA at ITB in Berlin

walking-on-the-seabed-from-hallig-hooge-to-japsand-national-park-schleswig-holstein-wadden-sea_15a0-2200x1568pxUNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea partners with the UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme at the ITB Berlin

Under the motto “Protection, Prosperity and Conservation”, the Wadden Sea World Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme will be represented at the ITB Berlin, the world´s largest tourism fair, from 9 to 13 March 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The World Heritage Wadden Sea can be found in Hall 4.1, booth 227 and offers a varied and interesting programme, Continue reading “World Heritage and LT&C Example WADDEN SEA at ITB in Berlin”

First LT&C story in SEVENSEAS magazine

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 16.48.34walking-on-the-seabed-from-hallig-hooge-to-japsand-national-park-schleswig-holstein-wadden-sea_15a0-2200x1568pxIn today’s March edition, SEVENSEAS magazine came out with their first story on Linking Tourism & Conservation. On pages 30-35  our mission and origin as well as the LT&C Example Wadden Sea is presented. Within the partnership with SEVENSEAS it is envisioned that you will find another story about an LT&C (marine) Example on the first of every month. Look out and subscribe to the impressive marine conservation and travel magazine.