WWF Adria has invited LT&C to participate in a conference in Croatia, which is organised in the framework of the project “Central Europe Eco-Tourism: tools for nature protection˝ and aims to establish an innovative sustainable tourism management system in protected areas and Natura 2000 sites in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia. The Conference is creating an opportunity for the representatives of national-level decision makers and agencies in the field of nature protection and sustainable tourism, managers of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites and other experts to discuss and share experience about the most successful measures of reducing the negative impact of tourist visits in protected areas and Natura 2000 sites as well as inclusive conservation governance models. If you are interested, read more on the LT&C-Calendar, and get registered. Continue reading
LT&C reported earlier about Raet national park, Norway’s so far largest marine protected area. After the shortest planning time of any Norwegian national park (only 4 years), the park on the Skagerrak coast of Southern Norway was established in December 2016. Another record was achieved with the several thousand participants at its inauguration in summer 2017. This summer, the main initiator of the park, former Aust Agder governor Øystein Djupedal, opened Raet’s first information center, which is situated in the basement of the building (Kunnskapshavn) in Arendal, where also LT&C has its office. Our involvement in the further discussions about the development of Raet national park, therefore, is a given. For the German readers, we can in this context point to an article in the recent edition of the magazine “Nationalpark”. Download it here: Themen Continue reading
Arendalsuka, which happened last week, has been called the “Dancing-floor of Democracy”. Just after summer holidays and copied from a similar event in Sweden, Almedalsveckan on Gotland, each year it is THE political event in Norway. All the top leaders of the government, the political parties, numerous organisations and civil society are discussing top issues of the time. This year the record of 1100 different events took place over the week. As LT&C has its main office in Arendal, we were of course most interested to participate in events related to our mission to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and issues of tourism, nature conservation and protected areas. Continue reading
When the word “tourism” is mentioned, most people have its negative impacts in mind and point fingers to others but themselves. It is high time to focus more on the positive potential of tourism and make any efforts to learn from good examples and inspire others to make their own contribution. The most important and world-wide agreed frame for a future we all want is working for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And tourism has the potential to create support for all the 17 SDGs. Therefore it is great news that UNWTO has just come out with an online platform to achieve SDGs through tourism. Have a look and see how you can contribute yourself. Continue reading
That the 193 UN-member countries agreed in 2015 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim to reach them by 2030 counts as one of the most important decisions the entire world community ever took. Now the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report presents for the first time an assessment of all 193 countries’ distance to achieving the SDGs. It includes detailed SDG Dashboards to help identify implementation priorities for the SDGs. Continue reading
Denise Landau and Peter Prokosch waving the LT&C flag in Stanley, Falklands
Denise Landau is one of the founding members of LT&C and Member of the Board from the organization’s beginnings. The Aspen Daily News and numerous other media outlets have recently featured her for her work on a monumental success story in the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, where she helped to eradicate human-introduced rats and mice, thereby saving two species of endemic birds from extinction.
In the following interview, Peter Prokosch asked about her views and experiences in linking the fields of tourism and conservation: Continue reading
Photo provided by KAHUZI BIEGA
NATIONAL PARK TEAM
After writing about the tragic incident happened to the Virunga National Park, our member Amahoro Tours provided us with another press release. Greg Bakunzi, managing director of Amahoro Tours, who’s mission it is to contribute with his tours to both conservation and community development, recently visited Kahuzi-Biega National Park.
The Spirit Bear is a genetically unique subspecies of the black bear found only on BC’s north and central coast. The bear is the namesake for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais owned and operated Spirit Bear Lodge. Photo provided by Mike Robbins
Spirit Bear Lodge (SBL) is a successful, profitable cultural ecotourism business owned and operated by the Kitasoo Xai’Xais First Nation in the remote community of Klemtu on the central coast of BC. The Spirit Bear Lodge mandate is to provide economic benefits and sustainable local employment to residents of Klemtu, but it has evolved into something much more than just an economic driver. Continue reading
The marine conservation and travel magazine SEVENSEAS featured in its June edition the LT&C-Example Seychelles. Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean which is renowned for its unique flora and fauna, half of the land area being protected as nature reserves and the government has committed to protecting 30% of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.3 million square kilometers until 2030. Tourism is one of the major pillars of the economy and plays a crucial role in conservation. The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) is a Seychellois NGO which acts as a connecting platform for tourism stakeholders in Seychelles, facilitating partnerships and joint initiatives for sustainable tourism. Continue reading