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Aqua-Firma is driven by a passion for exploring and conserving the best of our planetís wildlife and wilderness, particularly where land and water meet. Our mission is to provide opportunities to discover the best of these locations in ways that are invigorating, enlightening and responsible. Our experiences have been created by marine scientists, professional sailors, divers and natural history experts. In many locations we provide small group, behind-the-scenes insights into the conservation and research of wildlife and wilderness habitats. Our tailor-made trips can be personalized to suit individual preferences for activities, wildlife, level of comfort, budget and the degree of adventure you seek.
Member since: 04 May 2006

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • We support in an advisory, practical and financial capacity, local and international environmental and community projects relevant to the experiences we offer.

  • Wherever possible we use local guides and resources to maximise local revenue up-take.

  • We run a Matching Conservation Programme by which we will match up to £25 that you donate per booking to a charity that we feel is making measurable achievements in conservation.

Environmental responsibility

  • Conservation of the places we visit is a priority for us and our first objective is to minimise any potential impact your visit with us may have. Through the experiences we offer, you can make an active positive contribution towards the conservation of some of the world's most important and endangered wildlife and wilderness areas.

  • We promote the adherence to voluntary codes of conduct tailored to each specific activity and destination.

  • It is an inescapable fact that travel involves the burning of fossil fuels and leads to the emission of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2). Where we can, we promote low impact travel which is why we favour sailing yachts, canoeing, kayaking and rafting over motorised transport. We recommend that all of our clients offset the impact of their travel via the Rainforest 4 Climate initiative.

Social responsibility

  • Protection of Giant Leatherback Turtle sites at the Endangered Wildlife Trust project near Bocas del Toro, Panama.

  • Construction of a new school library wing, in village near Kasese, Uganda (Links 2000 project)

  • Construction of a regional community centre health clinic in communal lands, Rusape, Zimbabwe.

Founded in 1986 by marine scientists, conservationists and wilderness guides. Trips are joined by specialists - from NatGeo photographers to BBC naturalists - wonderful for travellers and the environment!
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