Bhutan birdwatching tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bhutan birdwatching tour

Environment

In Bhutan we help the environment as most of the park and permit fees for trekking and walking through the parks goes to help maintain the conservation efforts inside the park. When camping all of the fees also go direct to the Community Development Fund which helps to maintain the trekking trails and conserve the parks. We also look to employ local scientists as they conduct their research into the forests here. We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers are conducting as possible. On request we can also look to arrange specific tours that help researchers on their wildlife monitoring studies.

At the end of each we offset our carbon footprint (based on the number of tours we have completed and the number of passengers we have taken with us), with the Carbon Trust.

Wildlife Promise:

In Bhutan the mere presence of eco-tourism in potential tiger watching areas is improving the understanding that of wildlife in Bhutan and every sighting, every detail is recorded and passed on to the local scientists who are still working on creating the ‘Tiger Corridor’ as promoted on the BBC series Lost Land of the Tiger. Hopefully with a better understanding of the wildlife here and by increasing the revenue generated by eco-tourism here the Tiger Corridor can become a reality.
All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of the dwindling population of tigers is under such a threat. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.

Throughout this trip we use as many locally produced and sourced foods as possible, by doing so we minimize waste as most of these locally produced products have less packaging that mass produced products. All waste we do create during the trek is taken back with us to the city so they can be recycled effectively. In fact nearly everything we consume along the way is locally produced in the villages that we pass through. Leaving next to no waste from packaging.

For water conservation we reduce washing of bedding and towels by encouraging our clients to use the same towel for the duration of their trip, so to reduce water usage in cleaning them regularly. Where washing has to be done when on the trek we use the rivers (not machines) and do not use any chemicals.

As we after often in the eco camps and small independent guest houses we are well off the power grid and so solar power is crucial for our trips. All of the camps and guest houses we visit use solar power as their primary source of energy and water heating.

We only use one vehicle on this trip, we minimize the amount of driving on the trip, most of the movement on the trip is walking. We also offset our carbon emissions annually by planting trees. On average 15,000 tress annually are planted on our behalf.

All of our local suppliers in Bhutan are pioneers in establishing eco tourism, they work hard to introduce eco friendly practices such as employing local people, using local products and also saving water and energy as well as being as sustainable as possible. In Bhutan our suppliers are involved eco tourism at a government level and are key in establishing eco tourism to some Bhutan's most remote rural communities.

Community

In Bhutan the local community benefits as we use local guides from local villages which helps the local community generate extra revenue. We also encourage the purchasing of local handicrafts which are all created in a sustainable way and provide great unique souvenirs. Bhutan also uses a unique system where a national tourism tax is imposed by the government. This is payable by your tour operator into one bank account in Bhutan (that is governed by the Bhutanese government), this is then divided to the ground agents, local accommodation owners, drivers, guides and everyone else involved in tourism. This ensures that all the money is received by everyone in the tourism chain and not just siphoned off by the hotel management etc.
This is keeping tourism in Bhutan at sustainable and workable levels as well as ensuring that the local people benefit from everyone visiting this wonderful country.

Also by visiting these remote rural areas we actively encourage employing the local village people as porters, guides, cooks and camp assistants as well as spending time to understand and observe their traditional ways of life.

All along the way on our trek from the central highlands to the lowland forests we have opportunities to purchase local crafts as well as seeing how they are produced. We will be traveling through communities that produce local crafts and products for their traditional uses as well as tourism. It is the hard work of our suppliers in Bhutan that are encouraging the local communities to produce such crafts to help stimulate their rural economies and also to help educate our clients on their local culture.

When traveling we give all of our clients the opportunity to contribute and participate in local traditions and activities. We are at the mercy of local people and the local communities when off the beaten track in Bhutan. So it is crucial we make sure that we have a great relationships between our clients, guides, suppliers and the local communities. By bringing supplies (such as medication, school supplies and solar chargers) from the towns to these rural communities we help to secure a strong relationship through eco tourism.

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