IUCN Green List: 15 new sites as world’s best protected areas listed

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has admitted 15 new natural sites to the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – the first global standard recognising best practice in protected areas. Sites in Egypt, France, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru and the United Arab Emirates received the certification last Saturday, 24 November 2018, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt, bringing the total number of sites on the IUCN Green List to 40. The IUCN Green List is the first global standard of best practice for area-based conservation. It is a programme of certification for protected and conserved areas – national parks, natural World Heritage sites, community conserved areas, nature reserves and so on – that are effectively managed and fairly governed. Continue reading

LT&C organises Side Event for Island States at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP14)

At the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14), which will be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018, LT&C is organising a side event, where Island-States will present their examples of tourism supporting conservation of nature: Invitation Side Event COP14 Continue reading

Privately Protected Areas – new guidelines answer your questions about

Yesterday, at the present COP14 of the UN Biodiversity Convention Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas have been published. These guidelines address planning and management of privately protected areas (or PPAs) and the guidance is aimed principally at practitioners and policymakers, who are or may be involved with PPAs. Guidance is given on all aspects of PPA establishment, management and reporting, and information is provided on principles and best practices, with examples drawn from many different parts of the world. The aim of these guidelines is to shape the application of IUCN policy and principles towards enhanced effectiveness and conservation outcomes, focused on PPA managers and administrators. Continue reading

Protected Planet Report 2018 out for present UN Biodiversity COP in Egypt

THE report, the Protected Planet Report 2018, which informs about the actual status of the world’s protected areas, is available in digital format for the present COP14 of the UN Convention Biological Diversity (CBD). It is the most important document for the CBD to judge at the present meeting, whether the so-called Aichi target 11, a complete, representative and well-managed global network of protected areas (10% of the oceans, and 17% of the land) to be reached by 2020, will actually be met, A discussion about the future biodiversity targets, to be agreed in 2020, is starting already now at the COP14, which presently takes place in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

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Read the 43th edition of SEVENSEAS

Read the November edition of the SEVENSEAS marine conservation and travel magazine, and you find many good stories where tourism is linked to marine conservation. E.g. about the 6 things you can do to protect coral reefsSEVENSEAS is a partner of LT&C. They work – as LT&C – with minimal operating costs to produce this highly relevant and valuable marine conservation and travel communication channel. You can help by subscribing and supporting them to make sure this resource does not go away.

Annual Meeting of LT&C and workshop in 2019 will be in Ramberg, aside the new national park on the Lofoten

LT&C has just started its planning for its 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and workshop. It will be Friday, May 31 in Ramberg on the Lofoten, very close to the new Lofotodden national park. The meetings will provide an opportunity to learn more about the new park, which was established on June 22 this year Tand to discuss plans or visions for protecting the wider marine surrounding of the Lofoten. Continue reading

November 8-20: LT&C participates at workshop in Portugal with young people developing ideas for rural tourism

LT&C as a partner in an EU-Erasmus+ project will participate these days in a workshop Best Practices for an ethical and sustainable future through rural tourism. Young, tourism-engaged people from Spain, Portugal and Norway will develop in a 2-weeks workshop in Portugal good ideas rural tourism in their home areas. Continue reading

LT&C-Example Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary Wins Prestigious Global Ocean Refuge Award

Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary did not only rank as an LT&C-Example, but it has also meanwhile won several important awards. Now it won also the prestigious Global Ocean Refuge Award for Most Effective Conservation of Marine Life. It joined six other Global Ocean Refuge award winners at the 2018 Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, as the  Marine Conservation Institute announced. Chumbe Island is joining a prestigious group of ten marine protected areas (MPAs) that comprise the Global Ocean Refuge System meaning that the Coral Reef Sanctuary meets the highest science-based standards for biodiversity protection and best practices for management and enforcement. This strongly protected blue park makes an outstanding contribution to saving marine life for future generations. Continue reading

CEETO Conference on Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism 

LT&C this week participates at the CEETO Conference on Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism in Opatija, Croatia. High-level speakers from countries implementing CEETO project will share their experience in the development and management of a responsible and sustainable tourism in protected areas and Natura 2000 network.

Practical experience in a participatory planning, development of tourism governance models and testing of tourism monitoring tools will be presented by pilot areas included in the project, while the PRIRODA Public Institution for Managing Protected Nature Areas in the County of Primorje and Gorski Kotar will co-host a field trip to the island of Cres and the Visitor Center and the griffon vulture rehabilitation center Beli. Continue reading

Costa Rica: The Government’s successful decision to increase protected areas and forest cover, in line with and support of eco-tourism.

The Republic of Costa Rica maintains a total area of 51,100 km2 and a coastline of 1,290 km2. While the small country makes up about 0.003% of Earth’s land, it is home to roughly 5% of the world’s (known) species. Costa Rica’s name, literally meaning “Rich Coast,” continually lives up to its flourishing ecosystems that are blooming with flora and fauna, as visitors flock to experience the country’s surreal ‘richness.’ The impressive biodiversity is attributed to its many microclimates and unique geography, which allow for a vast array of ecosystems; however, its ability to constantly flourish also accredited to the nation’s government, which has shown exemplary improvement in its conservational efforts. The government has been able to achieve its status by regulating the country’s natural resources, and by laying the fundament for conservation-supportive tourism. Through these efforts, the country has actually become a world-leading example of how linking tourism with a growing protected area network can lead to a simultaneous growth of both socioeconomic and environmental concerns. Continue reading