CARBON NEUTRAL & ECOTOURISM
OUR ENVIRONMENT & HOW WE ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO HELP
We endeavour to be a carbon neutral business - and where possible encourage others to do the same.
We are so fortunate to be able to live in this environment - and showcase it to visitors traveling through the region - it is world class. Surrounded by these huge Karri - the third tallest trees in the world; however the rest of Australia is not this way.
In 2008 we received Advanced Eco Tourism Accreditation for our ecotours - this means we give you a quality small group ecotour experience with all the benefits of travelling with a certified operator.
You will have a safe & memorable tour with us
Learning something new
Discovering something new
Meeting & making new friends along the way.
Graeme & Toni Dearle
Climate Change impact
Pemberton Discovery Tours currently has two tours with Advanced Eco Accreditation certified by Ecotourism Australia.
What this means is that the tours are run under certain rules and regulations.
OFFSET YOUR HOLIDAY HERE (by planting trees with Carbon Neutral)
Further information on the eco accreditation and what it means for your tour is availale on their website - https://www.ecotourism.org.au/our-certification-programs/eco-certification/
Further information on the carbon audit undertaken on our business (and how you can do one yourself) is available on the www.carbonneutral.com.au Carbon Neutral website
You may also like to look at:
Great Barrier Reef Environmental Impact Audit at http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/zoning-permits-and-plans/environmental-assessment-management/environmental-impact-assessment-process.
Other websites include:
The Government www.climatechange.gov.au
The review by Ross Garnaut commissioned by the Federal Government of Australia located at www.garnautreview.org.au.
It is a job to keep up with policies in these matters - so please let us know if you find us lacking in any way - we are continually evolving!
Pemberton Discovery Tours declare that:
No operational or human resource changes have occurred in the business since the last renewal that will affect the product’s compliance with the ECO Certification Program standard, as set out in the original application;
hold, and comply with, all the necessary licenses, permits and approvals required by the protected area manager/s or applicable governing bodies relevant to my operation;
agree to all conditions as specified in the ECO/ROC/Climate Action Certification Program application
commit to operate the certified products according to the standards of the ECO/ROC/Climate Action Certification Program
commit to the Business Ethics practices required by Ecotourism Australia – view Business Ethics below.
These ethics are fundamental to the operation of any business* certified through Ecotourism Australia’s programs.1 Any business found to breach this code may face revocation of their certification at the discretion of the Ecotourism Australia Board of Directors.
•Operates within a framework of high ethical standards in its provision of ecotourism services and products, and in its relationships with the community in practice and via all communications (including all digital platforms and social media channels);
•Respects the social, cultural and natural values, heritage and diversity of Australia, and specifically within its region of operation;
•Acknowledges and respects Traditional Owners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations and recognises the primacy of their obligations, rights and responsibilities to Country, the diversity of their cultures and the deep connections they have with Australia’s lands and waters;
•Is committed to best practice ecological sustainability, natural area management, low environmental footprint,and the provision of authentic, high quality ecotourism experiences;
•Complies with its legal and statutory obligations and requirements;
•Acknowledges its responsibility to treat all customers equally, to meet their reasonable expectations, and to ensure that its advertising and promotional activities accurately reflect the business operations and consumer experience on offer;
•Ensures that its customers are aware of all terms and conditions of the contract (including terms of payment and cancellation) and deals with complaints in a fair and timely manner;
•Is committed to non-discrimination, anti-bullying and equal opportunity employment;
•Ensures that the health and safety of its staff and customers is a key priority in all aspects of its operations;
•Supports its local community (people, businesses and services), and partners with other local/regional ECOcertified operators to ensure that the customer has an authentic, high quality ecotourism experience during thei rstay in the region.
Biodiesel & Pemberton District High School
As a chemist, I wanted to still 'play' and we had the opportunity in 2002 with the local fish and chip shop to trial Biodiesel.
After testing and trialling we commenced making Biodiesel with the local Pemberton District High School as part of their year 9 science curriculumn.
This project has been running since 2002 at the school and many kids have really enjoyed this hands on bucket chemistry! And we enjoyed working with them and testing the fuel for them.
See Below for more information on our Ecotourism Accreditation.
CARBON NEUTRAL - and making a difference.
In 2006, Pemberton Discovery Tours became a financial member of Carbon Neutral Pty Ltd - a division of Men of the Trees.
In September 2007 we had an opportunity to purchase a property to continue their great work - this has been a challenge!
We have 247 acres (100Ha) of salt lake near Dumbleyung WA which we are planting with salt tolerant species. It is a property which is seen as not commercially viable as a rehabilitation project as the chances of survival are seen as poor.
So far in 2019 we have planted around 40,000 trees and bushes - this includes: (please ignore spelling)
As well as thousands of Old Man Saltbush
It has been extremely rewarding and encouraging to watch them grow!
We use the Leave No Trace principles and have well maintained vehicles ensuring that you have peace of mind during your adventure.
We have worked with Trackcare WA to create an annual Keep Australia Beautiful Beach Clean up event. Liaising with Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society, Parks & Wildlife and Keep Australia Beautiful Council. Each year the beach clean up event has been growing, with 30 plus people joining us this year once again.