Concessions and sustainability Wilderness Safaris Sue Snyman

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This presentation by Sue Snyman was delivered at the 'Concessioning tourism opportunities in conservation areas and maximising rural development' workshop, held in Maputo between 19-22 March 2012 (Day 2, Session 6, Integrating sustainability)

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  • 1. Concessions and sustainability in southern Africa: Wilderness SafarisSue Snymansues@wilderness.co.zaInternational Workshop on Tourism Concessions inSouthern AfricaMaputo, Mozambique, 19-22 March 2012 Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives Sustainability issues integrated into the Initiatives to promote sustainability concessions process EIAs and EMPs for any new/expansion projects Sharing and A strong Includes social, economic and environmental aspects respecting local financial culture with foundation is guests is as critical to the Materials for building important as overall health of Sourcing sharing wildlife a business. Local materials experiences. Local labour Culturally appropriate Without a Social equity or Minimum environmental impact sustainable fair community base to the engagement is product (camps ethical and also Sustainable processes during operation and wildlife) one good business Training wont have a sense. EMS & alternative forms of energy business. Equitable, empowering community engagements Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives Initiatives to promote sustainability Conservation/Environmental Conservation of biodiverse areas Conservation - Biodiversity Solar projects & water initiatives Minimise environmental impact Reduce overall carbon footprint Environmental education (guests/staff/community) Social Community partnerships Philanthropy/Donations Staff training/development and empowerment Cultural activities Ethics Charter & Codes of Conduct for Cultural Tourism Economic Budgets Consolidations & partnerships Brand awareness & strengthening Marketing (social media) there is no Wilderness without Use of local suppliers of goods and services the wilderness Alternative forms of energy (solar) Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives
  • 2. Protecting and restoring habitats Water bodies Before Ensure that there are no significant negative impacts on these bodies After Minimise water usage through collection buckets in solar showers & maximise the conservation and tourism value educationmost camps (70%) rely on borehole water Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives Conservation Environmental management systems Biodiversity inventory Commitment to energy efficiency Solar powered camps solar geysers need to properly understand the batteries and invertersecosystems in which one operates reduce generator use Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives Bottled WaterWaste water dischargesDifferent types of sewagetreatment are used:Septic tanks with soakawaysAbove ground sewage plants Solid waste Recycle wherever possible Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives
  • 3. Environmental Impact Initiatives to promote sustainability Management Conservation/Environmental Conservation of biodiverse areas minimise negative impacts and maximise positive impacts Solar projects & water initiatives Minimise environmental impact Reduce overall carbon footprint Environmental education (guests/staff/community) Social Community partnerships Philanthropy/Donations Staff training/development and empowerment Cultural activities Ethics Charter & Codes of Conduct for Cultural Tourism Economic Budgets Consolidations & partnerships Brand awareness & strengthening Marketing (social media) Use of local suppliers of goods and services Group Environmental Minimum Standards Alternative forms of energy (solar) Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives Internal community External community Employment: employ nearly 2 500 people Skills training and development including Lobster Inc. Scholarships Staff welfare HIV/AIDS programme (Wellness) Environmental education & awareness develop positive and constructive engagements with neighbouring communities Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives External Communities