World Heritage and LT&C Example WADDEN SEA at ITB in Berlin

walking-on-the-seabed-from-hallig-hooge-to-japsand-national-park-schleswig-holstein-wadden-sea_15a0-2200x1568pxUNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea partners with the UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme at the ITB Berlin

Under the motto “Protection, Prosperity and Conservation”, the Wadden Sea World Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme will be represented at the ITB Berlin, the world´s largest tourism fair, from 9 to 13 March 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The World Heritage Wadden Sea can be found in Hall 4.1, booth 227 and offers a varied and interesting programme, with Wadden Sea-related activities for both tourism professionals and individual visitors. By showcasing best practice examples, the general public and the tourism sector can learn about the challenges of tourism in a fragile environment, but also the benefits of being a World Heritage site. Stories from different parts of the Wadden Sea area and from other World Heritage sites show how locals have embraced the concept of “outstanding universal value” and its protection, and are using it to transform, improve and develop tourism in their region.

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Every year the island communities together with the national park service and conservation NGOs are celebrating “Brent Goose Days” (Ringelganstage) in the Wadden Sea national park of Schleswig-Holstein. It symbolises how local communities became friends with the national park and how a win-win for tourism and conservation is achieved.

todal-mudflats-and-creeks-lower-saxony-wadden-sea-national-park-germany_4ec7-2200x1410pxThe Wadden Sea has been profiled as one of the first LT&C Examples, where in particular the political support and many educational activities of tourism are important for the development of the Wadden Sea national parks. Look therefore to the Master Class event “Linking Tourism and Conservation” at Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals in hall 4.1. of the ITB, hosted and organised by the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS), an LT&C partner. Peter Prokosch and Adam Markham will present LT&C Examples of tourism supporting protected areas and will talk about tourism and climate change.

See also LT&C Calendar for other events.


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