Written by wayne, Modified On 10 Jul 2016
What is Sustainable Travel?
SavanaTrek is founded on principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability. What this means is that every action we take as a travel company is aimed at creating systems and processes that will sustain the communities that our travellers visit. According to the Western Australia Council of Social Services (WACOSS):
Social sustainability occurs when the formal and informal processes; systems; structures; and relationships actively support the capacity of current and future generations to create healthy and liveable communities. Socially sustainable communities are equitable, diverse, connected and democratic and provide a good quality of life.
How your travel is socially sustainable:
- You will engage with communities on their terms: all visits and projects are done in consultation with village elders and organised with the full informed consent of community leaders.
- We make every effort to ensure that your presence will have a positive effect on a community. We do this by limiting the numbers of people that travel to each community, and by providing cultural training to people who visit vulnerable communities.
- We will support you and the communities to build mutually beneficial connections.
How your travel encourages economic sustainability:
- Our travel partners (lodges and villages) are carefully chosen – you will only stay in places that are supportive of community growth.
- Some of the proceeds from your travel will go to supporting economically viable projects that encourage growth in the communities you’ve visited
Your environmental impact when traveling with us:
- All travel comes with an environmental impact. Just flying on a plane has an effect on the environment.
- We work to limit your environmental impact of travel by limiting the numbers of people visiting pristine wilderness, encouraging the conservation of wild habitats and supporting photographic safaris, NOT gaming.
- Where possible, you will travel in fuel-efficient vehicles.
These three tiers of sustainability work in concert and cannot be separated from each other. As we improve our awareness of the social issues facing communities, we can gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by those communities with regards to income and environmental standards, and can help facilitate growth and development across all three sectors.