Eco resorts and lodges are intended to have the least negative impact on the natural environment.
Eco resorts and lodges operate under the premise of these keys factors:
- Sustainable structures. The buildings and all its facilities are constructed using eco-friendly materials and workmanship. Resources include recycled items, local and natural wood, and minerals. Factoring what goes into preparing the area for construction is also very important. There usually are (or very little) cutting down of trees and when this is done the trees are replanted elsewhere. Builders extend high regards for the natural area and local wildlife habitats.
- Clean energy. In an effort to leave as little as possible carbon footprint, eco resorts and lodges run on sustainable (or renewable) energy. This energy is clean and cannot be depleted from being used. It releases little to no greenhouse gas. Clean energy includes bioenergy, wind energy, sun energy, ocean energy, and geothermal energy.
- Natural area. Most eco resorts and lodges are set in areas that are isolated and away from noise or air pollution such as a city. These accommodations embrace a natural setting. Eco resorts and lodges may be positioned in a forest, in a jungle, in a desert, perched on stilts in a lake or ocean water, or sited along a coast or on a high mountain.
- Flora and fauna. Local wildlife and plants are a big part of the ecological process. Eco resorts and lodges oftentimes provide the opportunity for its home occupants to get up close with nature. The wild animals usually roam freely on nature preserves and may be observed from the resort or on extended tours in the outer areas. Wildlife species include elephant, lion, bears, rhino, reptiles, whales, primates, and birds.
- Conservation & preservation. In practice, eco resorts and lodges work closely with their local community. The resort operators hire the local people rather than hiring persons who live beyond the boundaries. When necessary, training is provided. Goods and services are sourced from the peoples. Supports are tended to skilled artisans, organic farmers and cultivators, and aboriginal cultures are embraced and preserved. The involvement of the local societies is palpable at the resorts and lodges, from displays of their artworks to the inspired cuisine. Everyone strive to work together and partake on undertakings such as reforestation, the building of schools and other infrastructures. Additional programs range from working to save wildlife species from going extinct to protecting parcels of land from being drilled for oil, logging for woods, and depleted for palm oil, fish, or others for the sole purpose of monetary profits by large corporations.
Article by: Tiffany Huggins