Sparking Change

New Publication: Sparking Change Sparking Change tells the story of communities that have taken action to become more engaged in their local parks through spearheading improvements, engaging diverse community members, and organizing events and activities that draw people into the park—a process referred to as “park engagement.” The report explores the social impacts of communities …

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 …

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 …

Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas

Photo: Ron Mader, Lake Mead NRA Visitors’ Center Tourism in parks and protected areas can be a boon to local conservation efforts or it can afflict biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Many travelers find meaningful encounters with nature in protected areas, but wilderness fans are often at a loss when figuring out where to go …

Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve

Photo: SEMARNAT, Chinchorro Located at the southeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve encompasses more than 144,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves, beds of sea grass beds and sand beaches. Banco Chinchorro is the largest platform type reef complex system in Mexico and because of its isolated position, it represents well-preserved natural …

Mexico’s National Parks on Streetview

Explore Mexico’s national parks via #StreetView https://www.google.com/streetview/#mexico-national-parks-and-protected-natural-areas Twitter Shoutout:@CONANP_mx @googlemexico @SEMARNAT_mx @Conabio More about Mexico’s biodiversity, parks and wildlife online the Planeta Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildmexico Embedded Tweets La #CONANP y @googlemexico lanzaron la Colección de Google #StreetView de #ANP de #México: https://t.co/m5nHzWGwfA #RecuentoCONANP2016 pic.twitter.com/lBwdwYmjvf — CONANP (@CONANP_mx) January 1, 2017 #MexicoNow from ron mader