“Sustainable tourism for biodiversity conservation – Case study: El Nido Resorts, Palawan, Philippines”


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Presentation given by Environmental Officer Rima de Dios (on behalf of Mariglo Laririt) during the Asia Regional Forum on Biodiversity: Encouraging Partnership between Business and Communities for Biodiversity (November 3-4, 2011; Cha-am, Petchaburi, Thailand)

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“Sustainable tourism for biodiversity conservation – Case study: El Nido Resorts, Palawan, Philippines”

  1. 1. SUSTAINABLE TOURISM FORBIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION Case Study: El Nido Resorts Palawan, Philippines
  2. 2. Who We Are
  3. 3. Ten Knots Group• TEN KNOTS is based on the definition of knot as a unit of speed of one nautical mile per hour.• Ten knots: ideal speed for getting to a dive destination while cruising leisurely to appreciate nature
  4. 4. Ten Knots Group• Miniloc Island Resort – 1981• Lagen Island Resort – 1998• Apulit Island Resort – 2010• Pangulasian Island Resort – 2012
  5. 5. Quadruple Bottomline • Financial growth • Environmental stewardship • Community engagement • Organizational development
  6. 6. Our BiodiversityConservation Programs
  7. 7. Mooring Buoys for Everyone’s Use• El Nido Resorts’ dive team installed (and maintains) mooring buoys in 21 sites around Bacuit Bay
  8. 8. Support of Community Conservation Efforts• Installation of artificial reef modules in partnership with the local community and El Nido Foundation
  9. 9. Support of Community Conservation Efforts • Supported first- ever Philippine Cockatoo Translocation Project, an initiative of the Katala Foundation, Inc.
  10. 10. Support of Community Conservation Efforts• Sea turtle nest protection and turtle hatchling releases
  11. 11. Support of Community Conservation Efforts• Crown-of-thorns starfish cleanups
  12. 12. Wildlife Monitoring• Nature Interpretation Training
  13. 13. Sharing• Print and online media
  14. 14. Celebrating the Environment• Earth Day• World Ocean Day• International Coastal Cleanup Day
  15. 15. Celebrating the Environment• Earth Hour• Green Hour
  16. 16. Cleanups• Coastal and underwater cleanups
  17. 17. Training• Be G.R.E.E.N. (Guard, Respect, Educate El Nido) Training Seminar
  18. 18. Other Initiatives
  19. 19. Waste Management
  20. 20. Management of Carbon Emissions
  21. 21. Success and Best Practices
  22. 22. Success and Best Practices• Resort operations have discouraged environmentally destructive and illegal activities• Negative impacts of resort operations are mitigated
  23. 23. Success and Best Practices• Expansion of the base of partnerships for conservation• Consistently favorable reviews from guests in the enjoyment of nature and nature- based activities
  24. 24. Success and Best Practices • Pacific Asia Travel Association (“PATA”) Gold Award for Environmental Education Programme for El Nido Resorts Be GREEN Campaign, 2011 • ASEAN Green Hotel Award for the years 2008-2009 and 2010- 2011
  25. 25. Success and Best Practices • Travel and Leisure’s “Our Fifteen (15) Favorite Green Hotels,” 2008 and 2007, for US, South Asia and Australia • British Airways’ Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, 2007, Investors in People Category
  26. 26. Success and Best Practices • Conde Nast Traveler Green List Awards, 2006 • Islands Blue List Award, 2007
  27. 27. Challenges
  28. 28. Challenges• Finding a balance between economic development and environmental conservation• Equal, proper, and efficient enforcement of laws
  29. 29. Thank You!