Never has sustainable travel been as important as it is today. As the numbers of tourists jet-setting about the globe rises year on year, so we must be more mindful of the impact our travels have on the places and people we visit.
Ensuring that the benefits of travelling reach local communities is a key part of our ethos when it comes to sustainable travel. One example of where we are putting this into practice is our tree planting initiative in Cambodia. 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 initiative.
If you travel on any of our group tours to Cambodia, 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 if you ask us.
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, with plenty more expected for the rest of the year.
Our travellers also greatly enjoyed the chance to give something back to the country they’re travelling. And following its success so far, we’re excited to see this project continue.
Find out about our other sustainable travel initiatives operating in India, Africa and more of our destinations.