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Responsible tourism: Luxury beach holiday in Mozambique
Medjumbe are committed to: - buying all their seafood from the fishermen of the closest village - educating the fishermen to not fish for turtles and to raise awareness of sustainable fishing by ensuring that baby lobsters, baby fish are returned to the ocean. - using fishermens dhows for staff transport - as Medjumbe is a nesting site for green turtles, they involve all staff in their protection, in particular during the hatching period - they currently employ all staff from the Quirimbas archipelago, or from the closest villages on the continent, train them on regular basis and encourage internal promotion - regularly patrol the protected marine area, confiscating nets from fishermen from Tanzania and further South of Quirimbas as line fishing solely is allowed - educating fishermen on the necessity of protecting the wildlife and using it sustainably. Not to look for excessive profit in order that their children will continue to enjoy the benefit of fishing.
Ethical practice is not just limited to the destinations we operate in. As a company, Responsible practice is exercised in our office with various measures put in place aimed at reducing, re-using and recycling resources where possible.
We carry out dedicated responsible travel training sessions with all employees upon joining the company. We minimise our electricity consumption by switching off lights, computers, fans etc in rooms that are not in use and at night. We also monitor thermostats and keep doors and windows closed when heating is on. We recycle all office paper, encourage double-side photocopying and, where appropriate, circulate documents by email. We also exercise effective control of brochure production, distribution and disposal. We encourage car sharing amongst employees and are part of a cycle scheme.
We offset the carbon emissions resulting from staff educational trips through the Friends of Conservation carbon-offsetting programme. We also offer the facility for clients to do the same for their own travels.
Ibo Island Lodge, as the first tourism investor on island, believe that it is critical that local communities benefit from all tourism development. Ibo Island Lodge is the centre of numerous community schemes providing training, income and development opportunities. During the lodge build, they also built a community school which then grew into the Montessori English School.
The school started out teaching English, hospitality and tourism training and was free of charge to anyone from the island. The Montessori school now teaches children in English, is still free of charge and the long term goal is to extend the training to identify adult students, who can then become teachers, benefiting the larger part of Ibo’s children.
The silversmith project, another Ibo Island Lodge initiative, provides income opportunities for the Ibo community. Traditional silversmiths on Ibo Island hand craft exquisite, intricate jewellery. The project aims to stimulate a more equitable distribution of the benefits and provide high quality raw materials to the silversmiths. The growth of jewellery production and the employment it provides is largely the work of Fiona and Kevin Record, the owners of Ibo Island Lodge.