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Concessions and sustainability Wilderness Safaris Sue Snyman
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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 …

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 won’t 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 education…most 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 soakaways•Above 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 Tourism activities and cultureFormal•Contractual relationships e.g. joint venturesand lease agreements•Wages and salaries•Lease fees and community levies•Training and skills development•Social welfare improvements for staff, e.g.HIV/AIDS programme Informal •Environmental education: Children in the Wilderness & Wilderness Angels •Feeding schemes •Curio sales to guests •Improved infrastructure: roads, comm. etc. •Empowerment impacts – involvement in local decision making •Scholarship programmes …various cultural activities incorporated into the guest experience Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives
  4. Initiatives to promote sustainability Commerce• Conservation/Environmental – Conservation of biodiverse areas – 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 – Alternative forms of energy (solar) …mobilises the resources needed to make interventions and contributions to long-term sustainability Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives Case Study: Kalahari Plains Camp, Botswana What has worked well• 100% Solar • Cost savings e.g. generator fuel• Rain-water tanks• Incorporates traditional walks: culture • Retention of staff• Payments to National Parks: conservation • Environmental awareness & conservation – guests,staff &• Waste removal & recycling communities• Decommissioning with minimal impact • Overall sustainability of business • Partnerships with communities (e.g. Namibia) – empowerment & development • Integrated report – brand awareness; awards; recognition Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives Challenges• Getting operations to see the value of all aspects of sustainability THANK YOU & integrating into the business• Cost of alternative forms of energy• Cost of on-going skills training and development• Time & cost issues related to maintaining community partnerships and engagements• Achieving breakeven occupancies in niche camps• Monitoring and collecting accurate, reliable, comparable data for reporting Our Journeys Change Lives Our Journeys Change Lives

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