Sustainability & Social Responsibility
SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Our philosophy on ecology is that sustainability should be a choice based on common sense. The Galapagos Islands’ fragile ecosystems are affected by human presence and the relatively new success of tourism. However, there is a welcome trend of responsible thinking in order to balance sustainable development with the protection of the environment. Galapagos Safari Camp sets the standard for responsible practices both at a human and environmental level:
- Galapagos Safari Camp works closely with the Charles Darwin Research Station, the Galapagos National Park and Conservation International in the reforestation of local species of tree, such as such as scalesia, guayabillo and palo santo.
- We are one of the only Galapagos hotels that is self-sufficient in rainwater collection. The water collected is subsequently treated for use in the lodge.
- GSC uses biodegradable cleaning products, detergents and soaps.
- We use modern three-stage wastewater treatment plants in order to avoid any polluted discharge.
- We grow cacao, which is non-invasive, and the scalesia trees provide essential shade for the cacao plants to grow.
- As a working cattle farm, we provide organic meat for our guests.
- GSC employees are given a small plot of land on which to grow crops, thus supplying the lodge with organic produce.
- In addition to providing employment for Santa Cruz residents, GSC works with Agents of Change in order to grant scholarships for local “future leaders” to study in mainland Ecuador.