WORLD WILDLIFE FUND
In 2006, Ecoventura established the GMBF in partnership with WWF that targets environmental education and marine conservation by strengthening the local communities ability to manage natural resources.
Ecoventura was the first company to earn and maintain the voluntary ecological certification since 2000, developed by Conservacion y Desarrollo and The Rainforest Alliance.
(See Profiles in sustainable development partnerships)
The Rainforest Alliance verified program lets consumers know they are busying a service from a business that cares about its impact on the planet and has taken measures to reduce that impact.
Visit the online Sustainable Guide for Responsible Travelers www.sustainabletrip.org
Ecoventura was the first company in Galapagos to offset carbon emissions from the company’s four yachts and sales offices from 2006 to 2011. Carbon emissions were also reduced by 10% through the use of high performance filters and installation of solar panels and wind generators on the ERIC, converting her to the first hybrid yacht in Galapagos.
PACK FOR A PURPOSE
Ecoventura has teamed up with Pack for a Purpose, a charitable organization, that suggests needed supplies visitors can bring to Galapagos. The supplies are donated to the students at the Alejandro Alvear School benefiting children with physical disabilities and adults who are hearing impaired and The New Era Galapagos Foundation that supports art programs, Eco Scouts and English activities. (View article)
THE ECOLOGY PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
Ecoventura sponsored 12 scholarships for a course module for local high school students to study conservation and ecology-related issues under the direction of Ecology Project International. Students spent 50 hours in the field directly involved in conservation actions concerning invasive species and the health and release of turtles into the wild. A $400 donation makes the course possible for one student. Ecoventura also launched a career shadowing program for four EPI students aimed at assisting them with career exploration and decision making by offering the opportunity to observe or “shadow” an Ecoventura naturalist guide. The Guides served as mentors to the students during a week-long cruise with passengers aboard the MY Letty in November 2012. (View article)
The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a non-profit research institution with offices in Washington, DC and at Stanford University, whose mission is to promote responsible tourism policies and practices globally so that local communities may thrive and steward their cultural resources and biodiversity.