Responsible tourism: Sumatra fundraising trekking Adventure
THE ENVIRONMENT Many of the places you will visit are pristine. As travelers, we should try to have as little impact on these natural environments as possible. As such we recommend the following:
We discourage the use of soaps when washing both body and clothes. Vigorous scrubbing is usually sufficient. We use biodegradable soap to wash hands to help protect eco-system.
All rubbish taken into the Park is taken out of the Park. If you have rubbish can you please leave it in the rubbish bins provided for on the boat or give it to your guide to be carried out. Please do not dispose of batteries in country. They are extremely harmful to the environment and usually local governments do not have any means to dispose of them correctly. Return old batteries to your home country for disposal there.
At campsites, use toilet facilities that are provided. If you are in the remote, walk off the track and dig a small hole approximately 15cm deep and at least 100m from any water course. If safe to do so, burn used toilet paper in the hole (toilet paper takes a long time to degrade). Once fire is out, cover with soil. Tampons and sanitary pads should be placed in a plastic bag and placed in the rubbish bin back at camp.
By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for your children's children.
We have prepared these important travel procedures with the very valuable & expert advice of Leif Cocks from TOP, for issue to our Visitors to the all Bornean and Sumatran Eco-tourism Sites, to help inform them about their most important responsibilities during their expeditions. We request that guests read these carefully and understand the appropriate behaviour that is needed during your time in Indonesia and Malaysia. Your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines will ensure the well-being of the animals, their environment and for yourselves, and so help to maintain a stable and long term viable tourism facility for all.
As you trek through the forests or visit the Care Centres it is important to remember that you are entering the habitat of one of the rarest great ape species on Earth. The population of Sumatran & Bornean orangutans can generate from two different origins:
Ex-captive individuals who have been rehabilitated and released in the forest. Captive and rehabilitation experiences often result in released rehabilitant orangutans not fearing humans and even expecting to interact with them Wild individuals, some of whom have become habituated to human presence, with the remaining being naÔve (i.e. not used to peopleís presence in their forest habitat).
Inappropriate behaviour by visitors may affect the behaviour and health of orangutans from both populations negatively, which places them at increased risk of becoming stressed, or the transfer of diseases. By following these simple guidelines, visitors are able to see the orangutans at all locations in a way which is both safe for themselves and safe for the orangutans whilst at the same time, experiencing a more natural, unique experience in the forest.
We attempt to bring as many people from the local communities into Tourism. We do not skimp on hiring more help and as such the dollars we bring into these communities gives value to protecting the environment, the asset that generates an income for local land owners. We use family run hotels and family run transport companies.
On your trip, we will give you advice on where the best local restaurants are to eat so that your hard earned money goes to those that are in most need, while you receive great service and nutrition. In Gunung Leuser we use local teams including rafting operations that have been furnished by us and upgraded to safer standards than the average local teams. This gives the local owners better opportunities to rent their facilities out to other visitors while raising the standards of the industry as a whole.
In Sumatra, the pressure on local land holders by multinational companies is immense. Through responsible tourism, the land holds great value when protected than leased off to Palm Oil companies. Through your dollars spent wisely with local operators and guides, the value of the land is increased and as such land holders do not feel as pressured to sell off, for many, their only asset.