Sustainability and Tourism in Raja Ampat
Living in peace and harmony with the environment and the local community has been our objectives. We’ve implemented a range of initiatives, working together with village officials, with special emphasis placed on the local community, where our hosts are involved in programs to improve living standards and opportunities for local residents.
Raja Ampat Biodiversity Mission
As divers and nature lovers, we wish to create a resort which provides environmentally sustainable accommodation and activities for travellers and tourists, and manages natural resources in the best possible way to enhance the lives of the surrounding community, while maintaining the quality of the natural environment around the island of Gam.
Raja Ampat Biodiversity Vision
Our priority is to minimise the impact of our presence, thus conserving the surrounding environment of Biodiversity, as well as the areas we visit. Our vision is to raise help raise awareness on the impact of human activities on the planet, and how tourism can benefit the areas we visit. We hope to provide you with a complete and memorable travel experience, and that you think to yourself what can you do for our planet. Your visit allows us to contribute to the local economy in many different ways and support the responsible tourism.
Local residents are given equal opportunities for employment and advancement, including in management positions.
PROMOTING LOCAL PURCHASING
When purchasing and offering goods and services, we give priority to local suppliers whenever these are available and of sufficient quality
Energy consumption is measured by type and steps are taken to minimize overall consumption. We makes efforts to increase use of renewable energy.
Our Sustainable Tourism Path: Follow GSCT Industry Criteria
Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is the Leading global authority in setting and managing standards for sustainable travel & tourism (GSTC Criteria). They are an Independent and neutral organisation acting as the international accreditation body for sustainable tourism certification.
In early 2020, our management earned the Certificate in Sustainable Tourism, after completing the training requirements (and successfully passing the exam) in “Sustainable Tourism Training Program 2020”.
We are using GSTC Industry Criteria as a guideline to measure ourselves in our path to a more sustainable direction.
In that scope, we have designed long-term sustainability management system that targets important areas that are suitable our size and scope (ie: diving and accommodation), and we have made strides to address environmental, social, cultural, economic, quality, human rights, health and safety issues. In this way we hope to continue driving continuous improvement.
According to the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), Sustainable Tourism is “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social, and environmental impact, addressing the need of the visitor, the industry, the environment and the host community”
We have frequently been asked, “ Why do you have an eco/nature resort?” “What is an Eco resort and what are you doing”? However, some guests are not as familiar with these environmental protocols we have in place, and therefore we want to take a moment to describe how we are aligning with GSCT Criteria with our eco friendly measures, which we are proud of. When you visit us, you will see some of these sustainable practices, but some you won’t (as they happen behind your eyes).
Being a Raja Ampat Nature resort is not an accident, it is our choice, and we are happy to be involved in various activities to preserve Raja Ampat’s environment and community. Sustainable Tourism is not a trend, it is a necessity, and at Biodiversity we are really conscious about it. We all must minimize any actions jeopardizing our planet.
Global Awareness is rising, and people are becoming more and more responsible users. However, tags like eco, sustainable, organic and others are proliferating and being used in confusing ways just for the sake of getting new customers.
That is the reason why we would like to let our clients know in detail what the concept of Sustainable Tourism represents, because at Raja Ampat Biodiversity Nature Resort we do practice Sustainable Tourism. More than a resort, we are a fully committed Eco Resort and our efforts are based on this idea.
Company Social Responsibility
Since our beginning in 2013, Raja Biodiversity Nature Resort we have implemented a long-term sustainability policy that comprehends environmental, social, cultural, economic, quality aspects as well as promoting human rights, health, safety.
Our policy is called: CSR or Company Social Responsibility activity programs. The idea is to involve and provide added value for tourists, employees, local government, the surrounding communities and the environment, in a balanced manner.
The resort then sets the effective parameters for the implementation of this policy by the successful implementation of a double-axe sustainable tourism policy, consisting in:
Harmonious relationship with the community and nature
Creating a harmonious relationship between the resort, the community and Nature. Maintaining environmental sustainability, and helping to improve/promote welfare, quality of life for the community, which includes education and health. And, every possible single aspect that minimises our impact on the environment
Support local business
Helping to grow and improve small businesses, entrepreneurs and other local economies, channeling funds and ongoing coaching.. Promoting aspects of equity, independence, professionalism and ethics, and therefore helping to increase employment through professional management.
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Please see the different projects that we are carrying out which benefit visitors and community.
Sustainable Tourism is a necessity, and at Biodiversity we are conscious about it and are taking measures in that direction.
BECOME AN ECOTOURIST
We all must make efforts to minimize the impact our activities have on our planet. We have a long way to go! Important to talk the Talk AND start the Walk!
BIODIVERSITY KEY PROJECTS
Supporting the development of biodiversity-related sustainable tourism, to develop internal management, and capacity building for enabling local people to participate in and benefit from tourism projects