International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations. Based in Gland, Switzerland, IUCN was founded in 1848 as the world’s first global environmental organization and now has more than 1200 member organizations, including …

Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas

Cover Recommended Reading: Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: Generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development. Report to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and IUCN. Authors: Spenceley, A., Snyman, S. & Eagles, P. (2017). Launch of a new TAPAS Group publication at the UNWTO General Assembly Thursday, September 14, 5pm …

Tourism in Protected Areas Conference #patourism17

Poster: Aivar Ruukel, #PaTourism17 Events September 14-15 Tourism in Protected Areas Conference (Konverents “Turism kaitsealadel”) Location: Pärnu, Estonia Hashtag: #PAtourism17 This conference focuses on the tourism collaboration and networks in and around protected areas. Among the questions the conference asks: – how can tourism support well-being of local people? – how can tourism support nature conservation, heritage, …

Easter Island’s New Protected Marine Area

Photo: MMAChile News from Chile’s environmental ministry: In a historic vote, Rapa Nui approved the creation of 700,000 km2 protected marine area in Easter Island. The announcement was made during the innaugural day of the International Marine Protected Areas Congress #IMPAC4. Due to their isolation and little connection with other islands, Easter Island’s coral ecosystems have …

National Monuments Report Summary

Buzzwords: National Monument First look at the report summary sent by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to the president regarding the 27 national monuments larger than 100,000 acres established since the presidency of Bill Clinton. The entire report has not yet been made public. Downsizing the size of the monuments represents an unprecedented effort …

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Photo: Ron Mader, Visitors Center Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Las Vegas and is easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. Breaking: (Feb 22). Today the Clark County commission voted 5-2 to recognize Gypsum Resources’ 2011 concept plan for 5,000-home development at the edge of the park. …

Adapting to Climate Change

Recommended Reading: Adapting to climate change: guidance for protected area managers and planners Author(s): Gross, John E. Watson, James E.M. Welling, Leigh A. Woodley, Stephen Abstract: The world’s climate is changing rapidly and protected areas are an increasingly important component of national and international climate change adaptation strategies. These guidelines articulate essential elements for adaptation planning and implementation, and …

America’s Monuments: Worth the Fight

A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council highlights the tremendous economic and environmental benefits of some two dozen American parklands and waters. “These breathtaking places belong to you and me,” said Rhea Suh, NRDC president. “Millions of Americans have urged the government to protect them. They are not mere pieces of real estate …

Wetlands Park in Las Vegas

Photo: Ron Mader, Clark County Wetlands Park Keep Vegas Weir’d! For fans of quiet and urban ecotourism and conscious travel, one of the must visit places in Las Vegas is Clark County Wetlands Park just beyond the football and rugby stadium. The Clark County Wetlands Park is free to enter at all access points. The park is …

Gold Butte

Gold Butte National Monument is an area of about 300,000 acres of public lands located between the Overton Arm of Mesquite in southern Nevada near the Arizona border. Prior to its designation as a national monument, most of the area was designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. An executive order issued by President Trump in April, directs Interior Secretary Zinke …