Kamchatka bear watching holiday

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Responsible tourism

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Environment
In Russia our main impact on the environment is by encouraging and increasing eco tourism in parts of the world that are so remote and so inaccessible that most people here don't have a choice about exploiting their environment if there are not people coming here to enjoy that environment. We have pioneered eco tourism to various parts of the Russian Far East and now have a good network of local guides and reserves which run very eco friendly and provide valuable income to the local people.

With the increase in tourism we hope that the local people who would otherwise take to poaching or logging for a quick pay day will start to see the long term financial benefits of having the forest and the big cats alive and thriving. This is the basic model used throughout areas where poaching and deforestation has occurred elsewhere and we have no reason to believe that if this tour takes off the same principals would not apply.

We also have a non-profit organisation Trees for Tigers which helps to reforest areas of the Russian Far East as well as education local schools about living sustainably with the forests and wildlife within it.

By bringing our clients to this region we are increasing the tourism to this very remote wilderness. In time this will act as a great deterrent for poachers as well as promoting the protection of valuable habitats based on their intrinsic values.

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 whilst in the field, whether hiking in the volcanoes or looking for bears are taken back with us to the city so they can be recycled effectively.

For water conservation our accommodation are set up with bio-toilets (where possible) that use tiny amount of water per flush. We make sure that all of our clients are aware of the bio-toilet and encouraged to use the same towel for the duration of their trip, so to reduce water usage in cleaning them regularly.

This trip stays in locations which are very remote and off the grid power-wise, so we use solar power and battery charging where possible and all power is switched off to the lodge as soon as we leave the property.

All of our local suppliers in Russia 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 sustaianble as possible.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

In Russia the local communities around our destinations benefit mostly by tourists coming in and using their facilities and generating extra revenue in parts of Russia where visitors are rare and especially in winter. Just by visiting the area the local people gain an understanding of the international importance of this part of the world and the big cats that occupy it.

This is increasing the number of local people pursuing conservation as a career. These national parks receive very few international tourists and everyone visiting with us will be contributing to the local people’s income as we employ local cooks and guides for our stays inside the park. We also actively encourage the purchase of locally produced sustainable products, this helps add a revenue for local communities and also promotes the continued use of traditional techniques to produce products.

We are a part of a non-profit organisation (Trees for Tigers) which is focused on several aspects of protecting the forests of the Russian Far East, part of this work is concerned with employing the local people in replanting projects and also by supplying school materials and lessons about sustainably using the forest the importance of eco tourism.

As part of our time in Kkamchatka we can visit the local communities around the volcanoes and bays and have the chance to understand the local communities and how they live with the envionment. Local handicrafts are available here. Our local suppliers have pioneering various local cultural activities including local walks with members of rural communities and also trips and talks about how the local people live in harmony with the environment.

Our guests are encouraged to participate in as many cultural activities as possible. In the Russian Far East we produce educational materials for the local schools, these materials are centered around living sustainably with the forest. Were possible we visit the schools with our clients so they can be directly involved in learning about the work we do to educate local children about eco tourism and also so that the local children can learn about our clients and the reasons people come from all over the world to see their country.

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