Natural Habitat Adventures pays to offset 100% of the carbon emissions from our guests’ trips, and we were the first tour operator in the world to do so! How does it work? We’ve partnered with non-profit Sustainable Travel International
(STI) to fund carbon reduction projects around the world.
In 2014 alone, we offset over 3,096 metric tons of CO2
for our travelers. Here are the carbon offset projects NHA has helped fund:
Bull Run Overseas
- Location: Belize
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 12,315 tons CO2
This project takes place in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize, a biodiversity-rich ecosystem that was destroyed by the Southern Pine Bark Beetle invasion that took place from 1998 to 2002. The funds from this project are used to prevent over 1600 acres of canopy forest from being cleared and converted into a coffee plantation. The forest acts as a carbon sink, which means it plays an important role in absorbing CO2
from the atmosphere. Protecting the area from conversion to coffee agriculture will mitigate CO2
emissions from deforestation for the 30 year project duration. The project also promotes Sustainable Forest Management practices to protect the region’s ecosystem from further destruction such as fire from the thousands of dead trees still standing. The careful management of the forest will bring its ecological health back to pre-1998 levels or even better.
Cambodian Water Filters
- Location: Cambodia
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 22,000 tons CO2
This project is a Clean Development Mechanism project in Cambodia, a country where clean drinking water is primarily obtained by combusting non-renewable biomass to boil the water. The project reduces emissions by providing zero-energy Ceramic Water Purifiers that give rural communities in Cambodia access to clean drinking water without having to burn wood to boil it. Our project partner projects that up to 1.7 million water purifiers will be distributed to up to 315,000 households during the 7 year span of this project. In addition to expanding access to clean, safe drinking water, this project also deters deforestation related to cutting trees for use as a fuel source, improves indoor air quality and reduces respiratory health risks for women and children, reduces the financial burden of daily fuel costs, and provides jobs for local residents.
AY-YILDIZ Wind Farm
- Location: Turkey
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 30,000 tons CO2
AY-YILDIZ is a wind farm in the Balikesir province of Turkey. It consists of five wind turbines that generate up to 15 megawatts of power when fully operational. The wind farm increases energy independence by providing a renewable source of electricity to the growing demand for renewables in Turkey. It also preserves the livestock pastures where the turbines are located by providing an economic alternative to converting the land to a resource-intensive stone-mining operation.
- Location: United States
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 550,000 tons CO2
This is an afforestation project taking place in the seven states that make up the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) on the banks of the Mississippi River. The MAV has suffered from severe deforestation for several years, resulting in 22 million acres of pristine forest reduced to less than 5 million. The deforestation has caused a decrease in water quality and put a strain on the wildlife in the area. This project offsets CO2
by planting and growing trees on obsolete and degraded agricultural lands in order to bring the natural ecosystems back to life. A combination of both native hardwood trees and fast-growing cotton wood trees are being planted to mimic the previous landscape. The project has a goal of restoring 1 million acres within 40 years.