With the support of 25 countries – including an initially reluctant Russia – it was decided this week at the meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, to create one of the world’s largest marine sanctuaries: Antarctica’s Ross Sea will become a marine protected area (MPA)! It will cover 1.55 million square kilometres (roughly the size of France) of highly valuable ocean with incredible wildlife.
Wild Jordan Adventures – nature-based eco-businesses support conservation and the local community
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is an independent non-governmental organization in Jordan given the mandate of conserving biodiversity in Jordan. RSCN does so by creating and managing nature reserves. Part of RSCN’s interventions includes the creation of nature-based businesses that do not exert pressure on the natural resources of the area. These businesses include ecotourism facilities and activities and craft production workshops. The surrounding local community is employed to provide alternative income. All revenues generated contribute to the cost of conservation programs in the area.
a) Involving local communities in environmentally safe initiatives and activities garners their political support to the creation of the reserve and everything it entails from limiting traditional sources of livelihoods and bad practices.
b) Our initiatives provide a sustainable source of income for the surrounding community, longer than the non-sustainable use of the resources can ever provide.
c) Local communities residing around ecologically important areas usually lack employment opportunities, seeing as the private sector does not venture in those remote yet magnificent landscapes. Through the creation of the reserve and of our socioeconomic development initiatives, the community has had a chance to learn new professions related to both conservation, ecotourism, and craft production as well as general capacity building.
RSCN is constantly growing and developing our ecotourism program. We are currently managing 9 reserves, our conservation plan includes the designation of 5 more reserves which means just as many more ecotourism interventions.
RSCN has invested in the creation of a state of the art conservation academy under the name of The Royal Academy for Nature Conservation. This academy is set to become a regional certification and training centre on topics of conservation, sustainable development, nature guiding and many other short and long courses.
More LT&C examples
What is CCAMLR and how can you help them protect the Antarctica’s waters? A short answer you get from the VIDEO of the Antarctic Oceans Alliance. The video timely comes out while the members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet in Hobart, Tasmania, these days, to discuss the establishment of marine protected areas. Continue reading “VIDEO: What is CCAMLR and how can you help them protect the Antarctica’s waters?”
Upcoming general elections in Iceland (October 29) have revealed a growing support for a highland national park among Icelandic political parties. The nation´s public TV station (RUV) recently broadcast a program/show where environmental issues where discussed. Candidates from all 10 political parties that run for the elections were invited. The show featured a short clip about the central highland and ideas of a highland national park. All candidates were then asked if their party supports the idea of a highland park. Out of the 10 parties, five unconditionally support the central highland being turned into a national park. Three parties welcome the idea and want to look further into it, and two parties did not answer the question directly but talked about the importance of public access and utilization in the highland.
In den plenary session “Preparing for Arctic Tourism Growth” of the recent Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavik/Iceland the guidelines for Arctic tourism WWF developed in the late 90s under the title “Linking Tourism and Conservation in the Arctic” (wwf_tourism_conservation) became alive again. Halldór Benjamin Porbergsson, Senior Vice President, Icelandair Group, referred to them as part of the airline company’s sustainability policy. The Ten Principles for Arctic Tourism and related codes of conduct for tour operators and tourists in the Arctic were once the outcome of growing cooperation between tourism business, research and conservation and have something to do with the origin of LT&C. Continue reading “WWF-“Linking Tourism and Conservation in the Arctic”-guidelines still valid and alive”
The October edition of the SEVENSEAS travel and marin conservation magazine is out, as usual in the first days of the month. LT&C can only recommend to everybody interested in travel and marine protected areas to subscribe to this wonderful magazine. It does not cost you anything to get it regularly on your computer. This time it features the LT&C-Example Galapagos with great pictures of our penguin Hans-Joachim Augst. Continue reading “October edition of SEVENSEAS magazine features LT&C-Example Galapagos”