As strong advocates for Sustainable Tourism for Development, we are committed in mitigating the impacts of our tourism activities at all our destinations. Together with our clients and suppliers, we are going the extra mile to provide more impactful and transformative tourism experiences which give critical focus to social and environmental concerns.
We commit to developing a ‘Climate Emergency Plan” and Sharing our commitment and progress publicly to motivate others to act where they are. We commit to Cutting Carbon Emissions by adapting sustainable solutions and working together with all stakeholders in the sector in advocating for impactful change.
As part of our plan at Eco Adventures Ltd to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade, in line with IPCC advise to achieve reduced global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming, we are committing to;
1. Inform our planning and responses for climate action, through skills and motivation, as well as knowledge on local scale projections of climate impacts to tourism business. In 2019, we began our company-wide skills and motivation journey, specifically targeting our action on SDG 13, through training sessions. And at the December 13th 2019 training session, we adopted;
Because climate impacts are locally unique, we are always on the lookout for new information on climate conditions specific to our area of operation, to inform our planning for responses to climate change.
2. Do Carbon assessments in all possible areas where we have impact and include climate change impacts in business plans.
In Kenya where we operate, like in many other developing countries, tourism is not a low carbon industry. It heavily relies on other high-energy consuming sectors, especially air transport. This is why, in line with the Davos Declaration, we are already taking action to mitigate GHG resulting from transport and accommodation.
In 2019, we mapped our impact areas for transport to include private vehicle use for travel, international air travel, domestic air travel and non – air transport. We also have impact on energy use from accommodation in our supply chain, buildings and other consumable tourist products.
Our itineraries consider low carbon tourism where tourists travel fewer miles, and use low carbon emission options.
We attract environmentally aware tourists from long haul markets through offset projects. Through our green policy, we use our influence to encourage accommodation providers in our supply chain to adopt emission reduction practices.
3. Create Low Carbon Tourism experiences, to reduce carbon generated by our activities in tourism, and cut down emissions from production of goods and services provided to supply tourism consumption.
Our goal is to transition fully to low carbon tourism experiences, where our operations model will ably provide travel choices within transportation, accommodation, catering, and activities, with options for lower/ reduced energy consumption.
We encourage tourists who book with us to adopt low carbon practices, by providing low carbon emissions transportation options, offering experiences of local history and food, encouraging longer stays in one destination, using environmentally friendly products, using alternative energies, and experiencing local culture in depth. As an environmentally friendly business, and we will continue to promote visits to attractions that offer unique, sensory, learning, and sociocultural experiences, to enhance the regard of our clients (tourists) who already demonstrate concern for environmental issues.