Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Australia – The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. The reef is the largest natural feature on earth and stretches more than 2,300 kilometers off the coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is managed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The park lies east of the …

Celestún Biosphere Reserve

Mexico – Decreed a wildlife refuge in 1979 and a biosphere reserve in the 1980s, the Celestún Biosphere Reserve is the cradle of ecotourism (cuna del ecoturismo). A bit of tourism history – in 1983 this place inspired Hector Ceballos-Lascurain to coin the e-word. The economy thrives on the fishing and tourism, particularly those interested …

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is one of our favorite places in the USA. Ancestral Puebloans inhabited the area from 500-1200 A.D, followed by the Paiute, who were still in residence in 1858 when Mormon missionaries arrived. The Paiute called the area Mukuntuweap which means “straight canyon” in Southern Pauite. Key Links http://www.nps.gov/zion https://www.facebook.com/zionnps https://twitter.com/ZionNPS http://www.flickr.com/zionnps Zion National …

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 …

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 …