At Selective Asia, we believe in environmentally and culturally responsible tourism. We aim to ensure that our holidays create as little burden on the environment as possible whilst also ensuring both we and everyone that travels with us are respectful of both the people and the cultures that welcome us.
We do this by adhering to our own responsible tourism guidelines and by providing comprehensive and accurate information to those who travel with us.
To us, responsible tourism is not just a buzz word; it’s an essential part of travelling today, and reading some simple best-practise guidelines prior to departure can make a big difference whilst you are away.
The guidelines we set ourselves as your operator:
Why we don’t offer a standard carbon offset programme
We believe that for ‘carbon offsetting’ to be effective it needs to be implemented as part of a broader set of responsible actions, otherwise it distracts from the real impact of flying on both the developing country, and the developed country. In order to truly contribute towards a healthier planet, we believe that putting our efforts into travelling responsibly, and donating towards conservation projects is a more responsible action than simply offsetting, which is why we’ve put together the Selective Earth Programme.
Selective Earth Programme with the World Land Trust
We offer all our clients the opportunity to not only reduce their carbon footprint when flying, but also contribute towards conservation projects in Asia. To do this, we have teamed up with World Land Trust (WLT) who we believe offer a correctly priced and effective solution to reducing the carbon impact of your flight through actively conserving rainforest while supporting local communities. We work closely with the trust to identify which project needs the most funding at what time to ensure our donations are making a difference. We are currently contributing towards the conservation of the Khe Nuoc Trong forest, in Vietnam, as well as planting fruit trees in the surrounding communities.
How do I do this?
For just £9 each way (flights over 4000 miles) you can help reduce your carbon footprint as well as contribute to conservation projects in Asia. Selective Asia will pass 100% of your contribution onto WLT, an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats, working through a network of in-country partner organisations.
Where does my payment go?
You will help fund a WLT conservation project to protect 20,000 hectares of Lowland Forest in North-central Vietnam, Khe Nuoc Trong. Selective Asia has pledged £25,000 collected on behalf of its clients towards the on-going protection of Khe Nuoc Trong, from accumulative contributions from the past year, and to fund a fruit-tree planting pilot in the surrounding communities. Selective Asia also donates directly to reduce carbon footprint their own travels in the region. Find out more about World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced programme, their projects and what they have already achieved.