Connectivity Conservation Corridors –blue print for tourism’s participation in conservation and a low carbon economy

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Cleared land clears habitat - Kangaroo Valley's connectivity corridor to provide habitat in the face of Climate Change

A tourism led conservation connectivity project in Kangaroo Valley, Australia, could be used as a pilot to establish a national tourism conservation programme. The Green Kangaroo Wildlife Corridor is to be launched in January 2011. It is locally focused; operator/visitor supported and can plug into the intrastate Great Eastern Ranges Initiative stretching over 2000 km. In the past many conservation projects have been run in isolation of any potential tourism support. Yet tourism has much to offer in supporting action to protect habitat for wildlife threatened by Climate Change. It also has a strong vested interest to take responsible action now.

The natural heritage of Australia is one of the country’s key distinctive tourism assets. The impact of Climate Change on wildlife and on habitat such as the Great Barrier Reef, may well have significant implications for many tourism regions.

It could therefore be argued that the protection of natural assets (the habitat where wildlife live) should be a fundamental risk management policy. Furthermore, conservation through the rehabilitation of cleared land could also have positive economic and localised environmental benefits. This project also comes at a time when the Federal Government of Australia is planning to introduce a carbon reduction policy in 2011. It is expected to become Australia’s primary incentive to reduce Green House Gas Emissions.

Christopher Warren and Brigit Seidlich Earl have prepared a plan to be run at a local grass roots level and integrated into an existing national connectivity conservation initiative. Enabling tourism to make a direct positive contribution to the environment. It could therefore be a blue print for other tourist destinations, to build the capacity of operators and visitors to adapt to a low carbon economy and reduce business’ carbon liabilities.

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