Cradle Mountain

Photo: Tatters, Cradle Mountain Tasmania – Cradle Mountain is the iconic gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is located in the Central Highlands region. At 1,545 metres (5,069 feet) above sea level, it is the fifth-highest mountain in Tasmania and is one of the principal tourist sites in the state. The area around the …

Conservation Week in New Zealand

New Zealand hosts its annual Conservation Week October 14-22 which encourages locals to “love your backyard.” Activities include planting natives, trapping pests, weeding and clean-ups. Do it yourself or join up with local community groups. Hashtag: #lovemybackyard Conservation Week events are organised across Aotearoa. These events provide opportunities to join in, get active and show love …

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 …

Wisconsin

Photo: Courtney Celley/USFWS Midwest, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Wisconsin borders two of the five Great Lakes and four states (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota). Food Known as ‘America’s Dairyland,’ Wisconsin is famous for cheese. The state’s Swiss and German migrants brought recipes for all sorts of smoked meats and cheeses. Specialties include bratwurst. Farmers’ markets …

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 …

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 …