Raising the bar for ecotourism IUCN joins effort to align ecotourism with conservation goals
September 12, 2016 - Honolulu, Hawaii -- Among the landmark decisions emerging last week from the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress is a bold decision to improve standards for ecotourism worldwide.
Motion 65, “Improving standards in ecotourism”, proposed by the Yale Tropical Resources Institute in collaboration with The International Ecotourism Society, Nature Seychelles, the African Wildlife Foundation, the WILD Foundation, The Wilderness Society Australia, National Parks Australia Council, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and the Moroccan Association for Ecotourism and Nature Protection, urges IUCN to renew their definition of ecotourism and address the barriers to its effectiveness as a conservation tool. Read more….
IN THE NEWS:
Image: Area to be cleared north end Steve Irwin Way - Nick Wiggins
Road Ahead Less Cleared! Congratulations to all our fellow advocates on the Sunshine Coast for achieving a great conservation outcome. Well done to Dr Steven Miles MP and Mark Bailey MP for consulting with concerned groups for an appropriate compromise. An area converted to national park from forest status provides a sanctuary for biodiversity with appropriate protection and management.
Image: Golden Shouldered parrot male - Olkola Land Corp Golden Shouldered Parrot perches over renewed habitat invasion The tale of a little bird (albeit a very pretty bird) vs drastic loss of habitat + predatory species (the out-of-control domestic escapee, the pussy cat) + mining.
Can there be a happy ending?
Olkola rangers and Bush Heritage are working with a 'two-way science' - Olkola ecological knowledge and cultural knowledge, and Western scientific understanding - to save the endangered Alwal (Golden Shouldered Parrot).
The conservation effort has also renewed the age-old relationship between the Olkola people and the totemic bird, providing jobs and opportunities - following one of Queensland's largest hand-backs of land to traditional people, two years ago. Read more….
Image: A reef off the coast of Bonaire - Fabien Cousteau
An interesting technique to rehabilitate coral reefs Reefs have been replanted, scientists have used electric currents to stimulate coral growth.
Now they are working with the latest technology, 3D printing.
The Smithsonian Magazine reports that printed reefs can closely mimic natural ones, providing a home for baby coral to take root and grow.
One of these early 3D printing experiments is set to take place in the Caribbean island of Bonaire.
You can read more here about this fantastic effort spearheaded by Fabien Cousteau (grandson of the legendary French underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau and his wife, Simone Melchior).
Image: Cascades Track New England NP NSW - Drew Hopper via Australian Geographic
'We are of the Earth'... David Suzuki explained to Australian Geographic Modern science is verifying traditional mythology.
Mr Suzuki said this understanding is key to how we should be approaching the environmental challenges we currently face.
You can read more here…
Romeo Lahey Lecture
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Romeo Lahey Lecture has been postponed until March 2017.
A Social Evening will be held on Wednesday 19 October. There will be an audio visual presentation on the history of NPAQ, produced and presented by long term member, Barry Ingham.
28th November to 4th December 2016 Fraser Island BioBlitz
Beach to Boomanjin and Birrabeen
Organized by the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation
This BioBlitz offers opportunities and a fun way to explore and learn more about such a special place and the many fascinating species that inhabit it. The BioBlitz will be a comprehensive stocktake of the living natural resources of this a very representative part Fraser Island (K’Gari).
For further details visit the Fraser Island Defenders Website
Become a citizen scientist and assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia. Anyone can join in and you can do it all online.