Never has sustainable travel been as important as it is today. As the number of tourists jet-setting about the globe rises year on year (or at least it was, thanks COVID), we must be more mindful of the impact our travels have on the places and people we visit. This is why we are tree planting on our Cambodia tours.
Ensuring that the benefits of travelling reach local communities is a key part of our ethos when it comes to sustainable travel. Our tree planting initiative in Cambodia is one way we are putting this into practice. Here we take a closer look at the project.
What are we doing?
Just eight kilometres from Siem Reap, the gateway to Cambodia’s vast and spectacular Angkor Temple Complex, is the village of Preak Deak. This small village only has around 200 inhabitants and it’s here that we run our tree planting in Cambodia initiative.
If you travel on any of our Cambodia group tours, you’ll get to spend some time in the village planting mango and jackfruit trees. We purchase the saplings from local growers and you’ll also get the chance to meet some of the locals as they help prepare the saplings and planting tools.
Our aim is to plant some 3,000 trees to cover an area of 15-20 hectares. A significant number that will really make a difference to the surrounding landscape and community.
Benefits of the project
Most of the villagers in Preak Deak survive on low incomes, therefore the benefits of having trees that bear fruit are numerous. Not only can they feed their families, but they’re also able to make an income by selling the fruit.
Planting more trees also helps to offset carbon emissions, which is great for the environment. And the initiative allows you to experience what rural life is like in Cambodia. A win-win all round for the local people, the environment and travellers on our Cambodia tours.
How’s the project going so far?
Since our tree planting initiative began in early 2018, we’re happy to say it’s been warmly welcomed by the local community. Between January and September around 130 trees were planted. It’s now 2021, and the total stands at more than 350 trees, but we’re still going!
Our travellers also greatly enjoyed the chance to give something back to the country they’re travelling to. And following its success so far, we’re excited to see this project continue. We’ll also be looking to expand the initiative to some of our other destinations in future.
Find out about our other sustainable travel initiatives operating in India, Africa and more of our destinations.