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Robert Ferguson

Robert has worked in special interest travel and travel writing for over 30 years. His career in travel started in the Himalayas, as a mountain guide and since then he’s worked and travelled extensively in Africa and Asia. In Asia he’s trekked coast to coast across Borneo, climbed to over 21,000 ft in the Himalaya...

Estancia Rincon Chico
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Estancia Rincon Chico

For wildlife and science Estancia Rincón Chico is one of the most iconic properties of Valdés, for this reason we manage the place through our foundation, Conservación Península Valdés (CPV), a non-profit organization specialized in steppe and wildlife conservation projects.
We have a vast history in conservation work and for more than 20 years many important scientific projects have been carried out working together with well-known international organizations like National Geographic, BBC, etc with both marine and terrestrial species as well as in archaeology and palaeontology.

Visit our foundation website http://conservacionpeninsulavaldes.org/

Titilaka Hotel
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Titilaka Hotel

Act responsible:
At Titilaka, all of us understand the need for responsible travel and are deeply committed to both minimizing our ecological footprint and being the best possible neighbour we can to the local communities that have welcomed both us and our guests with open arms. CALTUR is the Peruvian government certification for tourism quality, which incorporates both environmental and social standards; Titilaka has qualified every year.

Social Commitment:
Titilaka’s social commitment is focussed on supporting the sustainable economic development of the villages around the lodge. Starting by offering local community members a stable, well-paid job that is all too rare in this part of the world, these jobs complement their traditional lifestyle focused on small-scale agriculture. Three-quarters of our staff come from local communities and we source ingredients locally as much as possible, providing the families with an important market for their products, from food crops to Andean textiles.

Working with the Locals:
Titilaka also works hand in hand with a non-profit organization that supports the communities around the lake. We make a donation on behalf of every guest. Guests will also have a chance to give back personally by making their own donation or visiting a local village.
Additionally, we are in the process of starting up our own foundation and have already begun working on the following projects that will eventually be channelled through that foundation:
- Titilaka has funded and organized a weaving project, including workshops by Klaud, a Lima-based fashion company that promotes new methods to use the traditional Andean textiles. More than 50 locals have already participated in the free workshops allowing them to use their ancestral skills to create contemporary products and generate a new income.
- We also support the local school by, for example, funding an English teacher and offering workshops and lecture series to improve vocal skills. We will eventually be offering internships at Titilaka.
- Finally, Titilaka helps our neighbouring communities to advance technologically by identifying their needs and then helping them with the implementation, from potable water to WiFi.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
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Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Belmond is deeply respectful of its communities and their surroundings. We aim to tread lightly and indeed make a positive contribution to the many destinations where we operate. We are also strongly aware of our responsibility towards natural resources and the environment, especially at locations close to World Heritage Sites. All our hotels, trains and river cruises run initiatives to support the places and people that surround them. As part of our “Think Global, Act Local” approach we: *Purchase as much food as possible from sustainable sources *Run and support educational programmes. *Follow sustainable practices to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment and to ensure energy efficiency. Among our many initiatives, the food and beverage operations of the majority of Belmond’s hotels, trains and river cruises are assessed by the UK-based Sustainable Restaurant Association. Belmond is the first global luxury hospitality brand to have undertaken this ongoing third party testing.
Hotel das Cataratas, a Belmond hotel in Brazil’s Iguassu National Park supports an ecology school and a project to protect endangered jaguars and pumas.

Belmond Las Casitas
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Belmond Las Casitas

Belmond is deeply respectful of its communities and their surroundings.
We aim to tread lightly and indeed make a positive contribution to the many destinations where we operate. We are also strongly aware of our responsibility towards natural resources and the environment, especially at locations close to World Heritage Sites.
All our hotels, trains and river cruises run initiatives to support the places and people that surround them. As part of our “Think Global, Act Local” approach we:
*Purchase as much food as possible from sustainable sources
*Run and support educational programmes.
*Follow sustainable practices to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment and to ensure energy efficiency.
Among our many initiatives, the food and beverage operations of the majority of Belmond’s hotels, trains and river cruises are assessed by the UK-based Sustainable Restaurant Association. Belmond is the first global luxury hospitality brand to have undertaken this ongoing third party testing.

Belmond Copacabana Palace
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Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond is deeply respectful of its communities and their surroundings.
We aim to tread lightly and indeed make a positive contribution to the many destinations where we operate. We are also strongly aware of our responsibility towards natural resources and the environment, especially at locations close to World Heritage Sites.
All our hotels, trains and river cruises run initiatives to support the places and people that surround them. As part of our “Think Global, Act Local” approach we:
*Purchase as much food as possible from sustainable sources
*Run and support educational programmes.
*Follow sustainable practices to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment and to ensure energy efficiency.
Among our many initiatives, the food and beverage operations of the majority of Belmond’s hotels, trains and river cruises are assessed by the UK-based Sustainable Restaurant Association. Belmond is the first global luxury hospitality brand to have undertaken this ongoing third party testing.

Cinnamon Wild
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Cinnamon Wild

An on-going project in its fourth year of operation, Project Leopard in Yala has dual objectives of supporting the livelihoods of cattle farmers and protects the leopard population living in and outside the boundary of the parks. We have distributed 50 steel pens to cattle farmers, enabling them to protect their cattle from leopards in the area, an effort that won the distinguished Davis Award for Peace last year at the University of Clark – USA. This project is supervised and deployed by the Cinnamon Nature Trails naturalists at Cinnamon Wild, Yala.

Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge
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Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT
Engaging meaningfully with the community to ensure education programs are sustainable:
Rural Nepal has some of the worst education outcomes in the world. Although progress has recently been made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal of primary education for all, barriers such as geography, infrastructure, socio-economic status, and cultural norms, prevent this becoming a reality. Tiger Tops is proud to support 1000’s of children in surrounding communities through the provision of scholarships, textbooks, uniforms and staff training. We engage meaningfully with the community to ensure education programs are sustainable and achieving the desired results.

TIGER TOPS AND THE INTERNATIONAL TRUST FOR NATURE CONSERVATION
Contribute to saving the wildlife and habitats across Asia. Support our partner funds & trusts in carrying out conservation projects:
The International Trust for Nature Conservation (ITNC) is a British registered charity founded in 1980 by the late A.V. Jim Edwards, founder of the Tiger Tops Group of Companies, and a group of likeminded people united in a determination to try and protect parts of the world where wildlife is threatened by human activities.
ITNC is a small, pro-active trust that mainly funds projects throughout the world, but with special focus on South Asia where conservation needs are great and communities are poor.
Tiger Tops is delighted to be partnering with ITNC on a number of successful initiatives including the Long-term Tiger Monitoring Project (est. 1974) as well as initiating the country's first Gharial breeding program.

LOW ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
An integral component of Tiger Tops sustainable approach to conservation tourism:
All our Lodges and operations adhere to rigorous environmental policies that aim to mitigate adverse impacts and protect the environment. To reduce energy, waste and pollutants, Tiger Tops properties use solar power, vehicles are maintained to emission control standards. Purchasing, employment and outsourcing are done as locally as possible. The construction of Lodges are from local materials, carried out by local craftsmen. Their designs strive to preserve or incorporate indigenous motifs and products. In the jungle and among nature, strict safari guidelines and wildlife protocol are observed.
Tiger Tops respects, supports, and preserves the culture, traditions of local tribes and engages villagers in partnerships for social and economic empowerment.
Tiger Tops recognises its strategic position in the tourism triangle, as the bridge between guests, , and wildlife, can be a powerful positive force.

IMPROVING ELEPHANT WELFARE STANDARDS IN NEPAL
At Tiger Tops we are proud of being Nepal´s first and only company to offer responsible elephant experiences:
Our philosophy is to provide the most natural life for our elephants with the highest welfare standards possible. Therefore, Tiger Tops Elephant Camp is managed and guided by respect for the elephants. As such, in 2015 we decided to stop all elephant-back safaris due to the stress it caused our herd on encountering dangerous wildlife in an unnatural way. Instead, we concentrated on providing our guests with a more interactive experience that imposed far less of a burden on our elephants. In addition, we decided to drastically improve the stabling conditions by building large, spacious corrals over 18 acres of our property for our herd to roam, socialise and relax.
We aim to give our guests the most personal and meaningful experience with our elephants and allow them to connect with the elephants in a more profound but unobtrusive way, by spending time with them throughout the day getting to know their individual personalities, behaviour, and habits.

We want you to return home with a deeper understanding of elephants; the elephants’ impact on the eco-system; the mutual dependency between the elephants, people, and the jungle; and your own positive impact by choosing to be responsible tourists.

We strongly believe in leading by example. By choosing to stay at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp when you visit Chitwan National Park, you are supporting a move towards better elephant management throughout Nepal.

Gaya Island Resort
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Gaya Island Resort

Set within a marine park, Gaya Island Resort is located in an area where human activities have already been restricted, but the resort has always aspired to embrace a proactive role in embarking on conservation programmes to preserve the beauty of its natural environment, better protect the local wildlife and raise awareness for sustainable seafood choices. With the help of a passionate and dedicated team, the resort has several eco-friendly initiatives in place that range from conservation through education to rescue programmes.
Since its launch in October 2013, the marine centre has rescued, treated, and cared for multiple endangered green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) and one critically-endangered Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). To date, the centre has released four turtles - Bobby, Ninja, Carmen, and Nick Jr. all of which have undergone rehabilitation and research. The marine centre is also home to four coral reef display tanks for educational purposes as well as producing coral fragments that will be returned to the sea. Outside the turtle rescue centre is a 14,000-litre recovery tank, which provides a safe and stable environment for sick or injured sea turtles to have the best chance for survival. This recovery tank also houses a coral nursery that establishes an artificial environment to aquaculture coral fragments that will be returned to the sea to help rejuvenate and enhance the natural reefs.

Committed to leading the community in marine conservation, the Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre advocates three conservation pillars – Turtle Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration and Conservation through Education. The marine centre's programmes were conceptualised and are being implemented by Scott Mayback, the resort's Resident Marine Biologist.

Gaya Island, the largest of 5 islands forming the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Sabah, has been a forest reserve since 1923. Measuring 1,483 hectares, the island was gazetted as Sabah’s second National Park in 1974. The island is largely owned and managed by Sabah Parks and has a rare intact primary forest classified under the protected Coastal Dipterocarp Forest with diverse flora and fauna.

Committed to leading the community in ecological conservation, the Gaya Island Resort Wildlife Centre advocates three conservation pillars – Proboscis Monkey Preservation, Nature and Wildlife Conservation and educational Nature Trails. Launched in October 2016, Gaya Island Resort Wildlife Centre were conceptualised and implemented by Justin Juhun, the resort’s Resident Naturalist, and his team.

Paradise Koh Yao Noi Resort
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Paradise Koh Yao Noi Resort

POLICY ON ENVIRONMENTAL COMPATIBILITY / COMMUNITY SUPPORT / EMPLOYEE WELFARE
Paradise Koh Yao applies a notion of sustainable tourism in our corporate mission statement, which includes the wellbeing of our employees, support for local communities, & protecting & preserving the environment. We offer jobs to locals & empower them to be able to work at professional standards of hospitality service, as well as teaching them to nurture their natural surroundings. Taking into account our commitment to following socially responsible policies, we are an environmentally friendly company that cares about the local people & the environment.

THE FOLLOWING POINTS SUMMARISE OUR PHILOSOPHY:
1. Maintain the resort’s ecosystem & preserve local plants & the wildlife habitat of Koh Yao Noi. Maintain the present habitat for the Hornbills & other species present at the resort. Our resort is located in the jungle & we have an on-going program to maintain the jungle habitat, by planting new native trees & plants every month. In addition to our regular tree-planting program, Paradise Koh Yao encourages all wedding couples to plant a coconut palm to commemorate their wedding day.
2. Help to reduce global warming by purchasing products & services that are environmentally friendly & compatible with the local environment. We produce a lot of our own organic vegetables, & herbs in our organic garden. We invite guests to take a tour of the garden & learn more about Thai herbs. Besides being used in the dishes served in our restaurant, guests pick vegetables & herbs to cook with, when they take our cooking classes.
3. Manage & control wastewater disposal in order to avoid pollution of the environment & do our best to conserve water & energy. Each department follows a schedule for turning off air conditioners in offices, there is also a policy of turning off all lights around the resort that are not being used. Beach lights operate on timers, & mini-bars are unplugged in rooms that are not being used.
4. Minimise waste & be responsible in disposing of waste, so as not to disturb the local community. Our staff separates garbage correctly. Our bamboo garbage trash bins in the guest area, are divided into sections for recyclable waste & non-recyclable waste. Our recyclable waste is bought by recycling companies. Our resort has a strong policy of reusing & recycling plastic containers, with an on-going commitment & goal to reduce & remove all unnecessary use of plastic. Our staff is educated to be responsible for the environment & we use cloth bags wherever possible.
5. Recruit local residents from the island in order to generate additional income for the local community. Purchase local products & services, which do not harm the environment, to support the local economy. Work to build a sense of environmental awareness in the local community. Participate in community activities, to improve the wellbeing of the local people.
6. Treat the staff fairly in line with the Thai labour laws. Build a solid social support system for the staff, in-line with, & wherever possible exceeding, industry standards. Encourage staff participation in the staff welfare benefits & HR policies (via staff committees).
7. The resort has a smoke-free policy, so all of our guest rooms & public rooms are non-smoking areas. Our policy is in line with Thailand’s Smoke Free Law.