Tourism gives each one of us a choice. We can either take nature for granted. Or we can give back a little of the endless bounties we receive. Each of us can play a responsible part in this equation.
As you travel through our properties, perhaps you could observe and learn from our conservation practices, just as we have observed and learnt from the simple people of the land. A CGH Earth resort is always planned with environmental and community concerns uppermost in mind.
As resources are used, equal importance is given to renewal.
At Spice Village for example, we
let nature regulate your room temperature and plan to rely completely on solar power soon. And at a dozen properties, tree plantation has helped to strengthen the ecosystem.
Conservation and social respo-
nsibility cannot be just corporate initiatives; they need to underlie everything we do. Nature must be placed where, in truth, she already is: at the centre of our world.
From the beginning, one of our major initiatives has been towards preserving the local biodiversity of both flora and fauna at our properties and the surrounding areas. Aiming at the source, we’ve started many programmes to help educate the local tribes, because it is they who tend the land and have the greatest impact on it. We've introduced organic farming, created viable plantations and set up market mechanisms, such as purchasing our produce from the local community. Thanks to these and other mutually beneficial arrangements, incidents of encroachment, poaching and illegal logging have declined in Periyar. Our efforts at planting mangroves at Kumarakom have also been a source of satisfaction for us, preventing the degradation of this vast wetland with its thousands of indigenous species.
Fresh water is a scarce natural resource in many places like Gokarna and Kumarakom. Rain water harvesting there was the eco-friendly solution, helping us to become self-sufficient in this regard. We even helped a school in Gokarna overcome its perennial water supply problem by implementing the same system there. Wastewater is also treated and recycled. Waste management is another area where we have focused our energies. Vermicomposting at Spice Village and SwaSwara helps convert dry leaves etc. into environmentally sound fertilizer, besides adding lost nutrients back to the soil. Bio-gas plants, another initiative, help convert kitchen and solid waste into cooking gas and organic fertilizer. This is used for organic farming, a process we are also spreading awareness about. In this manner we are able to give back to nature as much as we use.
For those of you who would like to make a difference here are a few tips on aware travel.
Remember, these seem like small things when done by one person, but followed by many, they can add up and make a big difference.