Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-22-02The Ramsar Convention is a multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) adopted in 1971 to provide the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. There are 169 countries that are signatories to the Convention. Under the Convention, more than 2,200 sites around the world, with an area of more than 200 million hectares, have been designated as Wetlands of International Importance. LT&C collaborates with Ramsar in order to commonly identify and profile examples, where the protection of Wetlands of International Importance are supported by tourism (LT&C-Examples).  We join forces to develop incentives and tools that such examples are getting upscaled and replicated.

World Tourism Day: Ramsar Convention featured the International Wadden Sea

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-12-57-39On the occasion of World Tourism Day (September 27) the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention together with LT&C featured the International Wadden Sea as a good example of linking tourism and conservation: The potential of tourism to support the conservation of wetlands has long been underestimated. Continue reading “World Tourism Day: Ramsar Convention featured the International Wadden Sea”

World Conservation Congress calls for trilateral World Heritage nomination for the intertidal zone of the Yellow Sea

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Graphic: GRID-Arendal from Living Planet: Connected Planet

Initiatives to protect the internationally important but highly threatened tidal flats of the Yellow Sea of China and Korea came among other from the LT&C-Example Wadden Sea.  As the trilateral Wadden Sea achieved the status of a World Heritage Site, and its tidal flats are of crucial importance for millions of Arctic shorebirds using the East-Atlantic Flyway, so has the Yellow Sea a comparable role for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. It is therefore of great value that also the members of IUCN at the recent World Conservation Congress agreed on a strong motion for the Yellow Sea and request to “consider the possibility of a future trilateral World Heritage nomination for the intertidal zone of the Yellow Sea with support from surrounding countries”.

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World Conservation Congress: Representative systems of protected areas in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean wanted

icebergs-antarctic-peninsula_869e-2200x1430pxOne of the outcomes of the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i was that a motion for Achieving representative systems of protected areas in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean was agreed by large majority of IUCN-members. LT&C only recently has presented the initiative for Supporting Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean. And in November an LT&C-Study Tour to the region is offered for our members in order to learn more about this important campaign. The IUCN motion should now also stimulate tourism companies operating in Antarctic waters to support this goal and to convince their respective governments.

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Ecuador, Columbia and Costa Rica: one huge marine protected area agreed

Photo: Hans-Joachim Augst
Photo: Hans-Joachim Augst

Just two weeks after Barrack Obama announced the world’s largest marine protected area, Papahanaumokuakea, prior to the World Conservation Congress on Hawai’i, the presidents of three nations, Ecuador, Columbia and Costa Rica, agreed on a common huge (1,9 million km2!) marine reserve. All these countries, in particular Costa Rica and Ecuador, are known for its world-leading examples of linking tourism and conservation. The expected benefits of nature-based tourism may have been a driving force in coming to this impressive common decision. Read the full story in the National Geographic News.

Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica – one LT&C-Study Tour

For October 30 – November 18 2016 we are preparing for an LT&C Study-Tour, which covers the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsular. This will be performed in cooperation with our founding member and partner Oceanwide Expeditions. Major themes of this tour will be the LT&C-Example South Georgia and Supporting Marine Protected Areas in the Southern OceansLT&C members form an own group on Board MV Ortelius, will be guided by  LT&C-founder Peter Prokosch and will get an extra 10% discount on the ordinary (already 20% discounted) Oceanwide prices. Continue reading “Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica – one LT&C-Study Tour”

LT&C’s role at IUCN World Conservation Congress

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 22.18.36Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) will be actively involved in at least 4 different events at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place on September 1-10 in Hawaii. The Theme of the IUCN Congress 2016 is Planet at the crossroads. The topic of Tourism and Protected Areas will be one of the main cross-cutting issues.
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