Legacy of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017: Tourism to contribute positively to ALL SDGs!

Participating at the Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, held on the 19th of December 2017 in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, LT&C likes to highlight UNWTO’s decision on its “Journey to 2030”: Realising that Tourism has the unique potential to contribute positively to ALL the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new roadmap should encourage and strengthen commitment, initiatives and activities of tourism around the world in this direction. LT&C will continue to play its part to raise in particular support to reach the SDGs 14 (Live Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land). Read the full press release of UNWTO:

Iceland’s new Coalition Government: “A national park will be established in the central highland region of the country”

Good news to the end of the year are coming from our member in Iceland, Arni Finnsson, Head of the Iceland Nature Conservation Association (INCA): In their collaboration Agreement the new Coalition Government of the Progressive Party, the Independence Party and the The Green Movement commit to “establish a national park  in the central highland region of the country”. And further: “this will be done in consultation with a committee composed of members of all political parties, the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, the local authorities, nature-conservation and outdoor-life associations and other players. The possibility of establishing national parks in other regions will also be examined.”

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How to compensate your climate footprints of this year travel ?

This is a frequent question we get. And can we trust that these carbon offsetting mechanisms and projects do work and are not only an easy alibi ? is often asked as well. LT&C is not only caring for specific forms of conservation-supporting tourism. We also want to encourage travellers to care for the climate. We therefore would like to see our members at least to be well informed about ways to reduce personal climate footprints, if not actively engaged in reducing own carbon emissions. Why it should be a minimum effort of travellers to invest in offsetting projects is explained in the UN-Handbook for Climate Neutrality. A short version combined with a specific offer for our members we get here from our member, the South Pole Group, who is a world leader in this field, trusted e.g. by UN-organisations and WWF (read also: What is Carbon Offsetting and How Does It Work): Continue reading “How to compensate your climate footprints of this year travel ?”

LT&C-Penguins: apply for getting your LT&C-Example awarded as Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 in 2018!

Go to the website of Green Destinations and find all the information you need to apply for participating in the Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 competition 2018. This should be in particular appealing to our members (penguins), which have described or are involved in an LT&C-Example. Both in 2016 and 2017 several LT&C-Examples made it to the Top 100. It is an extra opportunity to make your great case visible to a global audience. Others should learn from your experience and should participate in the competition of being the world’s best examples of sustainable tourism.

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WHAT IF YOU COULD MAKE EUROPE A WILDER PLACE BY GOING ON A HOLIDAY? – Interview with Simon Collier

“Let’s make Europe even wilder together!” is the motto of Simon Collier representing the European Safari Company. They support and connect locally based partners with unique experiences to the traveler. The European Safari Company hand picks untouched nature based experiences. Simon believes every trip you take has a direct impact on the area, the conservation efforts and the people that you meet. From this experience he draws a line in the following interview with Peter Prokosch to the mission of Linking Tourism & Conservation: Continue reading “WHAT IF YOU COULD MAKE EUROPE A WILDER PLACE BY GOING ON A HOLIDAY? – Interview with Simon Collier”