The Koh Ra Ecolodge uses the following guidelines (among others) to ensure a balanced approach to ecotourism.
A recent publication, 'International Ecolodge Guidelines' (Mehta, Baez & O'Loughton 2002) gives a specific definition to what could be considered a best practice model for ecolodge operation.
- It conserves the surrounding environment, both natural and cultural;
- It has minimal impact on the natural surrounding during construction;
- It fits into its specific physical and cultural contexts through careful attention to form, landscaping and colour, as well as the use of localised architecture;
- It uses alternative, sustainable means of water acquisition and reduces water consumption;
- It provides careful handling and disposal of solid waste and sewerage;
- It meets energy needs through passive design and combines these with their modern counterparts for greater sustainability;
- It endeavours to work together with the local community;
- It offers interpretive programmes to educate both its employees and tourists about the surrounding natural and cultural environments;
- It contributes to sustainable local development through research programs.
To see how we are applying turning this philospophy into practive, please read our Environmental Practices page.