The Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) networking and partnership initiative started in May 2007 at a workshop held in Arendal, Norway.
The aim of the initiative is to highlight examples of best practice in tourism that supports the development and management of protected areas. Success factors of functioning cases have been identified and we now strive to increase the worldwide understanding of LT&C models, why they are functioning and how they can be replicated elsewhere. The initiative is supporting the targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
GRID-Arendal is facilitating the initiative and will continue to develop LT&C in cooperation with partners within the ‘Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism’ network. The target groups include the tourism industry, conservation management organizations, governments, NGOs and investors in tourism.
The initiative can create incentives for positive change to benefit a successful development and management of the world’s protected areas. For example, this can be achieved by:
Proactively considering the role of tourism in the development of (new) protected areas. Scarce funds for effective management can be increased through financial flow from tourism.
Encouraging tourism businesses to include nature conservation in their management plans. This leads to involvement and commitment of more stakeholders into biodiversity conservation.
Increasing awareness and support among visitors to protected areas that can lead to direct financial support or to support for relevant organizations and policies.