The Global Ocean Refuge System improves the quality and quantity of marine protection globally by awarding protected areas that meet science-based standards. It is helping the world create an urgently-needed worldwide system of strongly protected areas through strategic and cost-effective ways, ensuring the future diversity and abundance of marine life.
Marine Conservation Institute’s objective for the award is to bring special recognition to nations, decision makers and site managers who effectively protect their marine ecosystems and to incentivize better ocean protection worldwide. Our hope is that this network grows and inspires nations around the world to strongly protect 30% of the ocean’s most important places by 2030.
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering travel and tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding, cooperation among nations, an improved quality of environment, cultural enhancement and the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, reconciliation and healing wounds of conflicts; and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. It is founded on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”
Lake Constance Foundation, created in 1994 as a charitable environmental organization, is invoved in environmental activities on regional, national and European level. LCF has a long term expertise in lake management, sustainable tourism, environmental friendly agriculture and forestry, renewable energies (especially biomass), sustainable land use planning and topics related to business and biodiversity (e.g. food sector). Continue reading
The Environmental Education Center Zapovedniks (“Zapovedniks Centre”), a Russian national NGO, works since 1996 as Educational, Methodical and Resource Center for Protected Areas in Russia. The relationship to the mission of LT&C they describe as follows: Continue reading
The 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.
The 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
SEVENSEAS travel magazine is the leading free publication that promotes marine conservation through community engagement, online media, and eco-tourism, with readers in 149 countries. We strive to continue to inspire and educate all our readers through rich imagery, engaging content, and an underlying conservation message. Continue reading
Home to a critical population of endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo is also Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area. The park, which borders important protected areas of Uganda and Rwanda, is managed through a Public-Private-Partnership between the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN) and Virunga Foundation, a UK charity.
Mission Blue is a global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance, a 501c3 organization, which was formed in response to Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TED Prize wish. Look at the official Mission Blue trailer. Dr. Earle urged people “to use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.” Continue reading