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Individual demands for a habitat vary between different animal and plant species. Especially endemic and migratory species are extremely sensitive in terms of their living conditions. That is why they often belong to threatened species.
Tourism in the Caribbean advertises with dream beaches, pristine rain forests and coral reefs. To support touristic enterprises in protection efforts, is one important goal of the Nagoya protocol to preserve biodiversity and important ecosystem services.
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Approximately 40 % of the world economy is based biodiversity, being tourism one of the most dependent sector. The beauty of landscape attracts a large number of visitors, thus, biodiversity is one of the biggest tourism assets for its natural capital. Therefore tourism is dependent on biodiversity and it is not only a must but also a need to protect it.
For the preservation of biodiversity, agriculture plays a crucial role. So far, farmers, especially winegrowers, hardly come in contact on the issue of biological diversity as part of their professional training.
The project examines the implementation of Article 12 of the Seveso II Directive in selected countries. It focuses on the obligation of the Member States to maintain an appropriate distance between operating areas regulated under the Seveso II Directive and natural areas of particular interest or sensitivity.
In Central and Western Europe natural habitats are hardly to find, the greater is the value of historic cultural landscapes. But in crisis-ridden Spain, it is difficult to get the topic of nature the attention it requires. This is where the project comes in.
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In South Africa, a lucrative industry developed during the past years: lion farms. On these facilities, the predators are kept and bred in captivity to satisfy the demand for hunting trophies and lion bones as well as for tourism and volunteering. Our campaign raises awareness for these unethical and exploitative lion breeding practices.
Transboundary activities shall reduce the massive poaching and illegal trade in ivory at the boarders of Tanzania and Kenya in order to provide a safe habitat for the local elephant populations and to support the international efforts for conservation of this species.
The severe threat of the African rhinos from illegal poaching persists. The Project Rhino KZN supports the fight against the illegal hunt throughout the province Kwa-Zulu Natal and champions for knowledge transfer and protection efforts beyond national borders.
Dr. Thomas Schaefer
Head of Nature Conservation
GNF Office Radolfzell
Phone: + 49 - (0) 77 32 - 99 95 - 89