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Green-Safari works in partnership with Wildlife Works - an established wildlife conservation organisation also based near Tsavo East, Kenya.

Offset Emissions with REDD+
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation

When you purchase REDD+ offsets from Wildlife Works, you are purchasing Verified Emission Reductions that preserve threatened forests, protect endangered wildlife, and uplift forest communities.

When you place your order of REDD+ offsets/VERs, the offsets will be retired on your behalf. You will receive a certificate and a record of the VER serial numbers that were retired. If you have any questions, please Wildlife Works at support@wildlifeworks.com

Furthermore, traveling with Green-Safari raises funds for a small reforestation project adjacent to the Buffalo Camp, Tsavo East Kenya. Every tree planted counts.

The case for sustainable tourism #ESTC2013

It’s been a while since our last blog post – we have been to the International Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Nairobi #ESTC213 and busy launching our brand for ethical fashion accessories @Merkato_MKTO

Featured Speaker, Costas Christ

Here are some highlights from the Ecotourism conference...

The award-winning travel writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine Costas Christ opened the conference with an inspiring perspective on the future of ecotourism.

It was refreshing to be reminded that although not every travel agency cares about their environmental footprint a growing number do and that’s where we should focus our attention. Costas Christ emphasized that “…the question is no longer about whether ecotourism and sustainable tourism can make a difference - the question is how far can you take it?”  

The business case for investing in ecotourism was broken down into plain English and common sense – and backed up by research from the ‘Global Travel Industry Report’.

Which business does not invest in protecting its product?

Magical KenyaIn the tourism business “people don’t go to the Massai Mara for a sundown…they go to the Massai Mara to experience the only place on the planet to see the mass migration of wildebeest”.  We are in the business of selling nature and culture – not just in the plains of Africa.

“44% of travellers consider environmental impact” according to an article in Time Magazine calling it the ‘Sustainability Revolution’. In a world of the survival of the fittest – between established and emerging businesses – the difference lays between those that grasp the concept of sustainability, ultimately determining their survival.

Everyone that had sustainability at the core of the their strategic and corporate values gained 6-16% higher profit margins – over 100% in the case of all travel companies.

All arrows are going in the direction of sustainable travel – it’s not a fad!

According to specialists and the most up to date research, there has been a significant market shift in recent times. It is not just a question of ethics – doing what’s right for the planet – environmental sustainability has become about what the right strategy is for business growth.

Those who grasp this now will be leaders of the global green economy.

A quick summary of the flagship destination countries:

  • Nearly 20 years ago, in 1994 Botswana was the first country to establish an agreement with community-shared-ownership for wildlife and environmental conservation.
  • Namibia, Montenegro and Ecuador were named as the countries currently leading in community
  • Bhutan has a National Ecotourism Strategy protecting over 60% of the country  – National Geographic has ranked Bhutan as the greenest place on earth!

Did you know…

China has one of the largest golf resorts in the world – Mission Hills? Ok not that surprising – but did you know that the greens are weeded by hand, with no insecticides at all and it is all supported by a solar pest control system? China is hailed to be on the verge of an ecological awakening!

The National Geographic confirmed that ecotourism was founded in Aboseli, Kenya in the 1960s!

Holland pioneered the first sustainable dance floor – with tiles that power the light of the nightclub from people dancing!

In conclusion...

One of the words that stuck with me was…Gropa…which in Tibetan means one who goes on migrations, most interestingly it is also the definition of a human being.

Solar power engineer from Base Camp Explorer

Progress in all societies is directly linked to our ability to travel. So the next time you are planning a big trip remember what John Steinbeck said “…people don’t take trips – trips take people.”

Tourism is often in areas of low income and poor health conditions. Therefore, tourism has a huge opportunity and a huge responsibility – through it we can affect the people around us. Each one of us can make a difference by choosing to go green and think about sustainability. 

It was increadibly encouraging to have met so many likeminded people - hear inspiring stories from all over the world - and to have made lasting  partnerhsips with community-led conservation projects in Kenya.