Be part of a Solution – not part of a Problem
Falcon Africa is very concerned about the rapidly growing human populations that are destroying the environment. The deforestation, shrinking of wildlife reserves, over-exploitation of our seas, pollution of the oceans and air, are all matters we are very seriously concerned about. Our pledge is not only to ‘not be part of the problem’ but to do everything in our power to be ‘part of the solution’. Responsible Tourism is one of the best solutions to the Earths’ problems.
Employment – created through tourism helps stops poaching, raises education and skill levels as well as general well-being and happiness in the communities
Knowledge – tourists should return home with a better understanding of the countries and areas they visit. By teaching tourists about the problems facing our lions, whales, penguins, flamingoes, floral kingdoms etc they will better appreciate the privilege they have been afforded in enjoying it, thereby more understanding of the urgency in preserving and even assisting with growing it.
Revenue – African countries must realise a financial return from the vast open areas set aside for wildlife, often enjoyed mainly by wealthy foreign visitors. Only when Tourism exceeds mining in value will our land be secured from open cast mines and fracking, our seas safe from foreign fishing and dredging vessels, our indigenous forests safe from pine plantations
Economic Responsiblility – Falcon Africa is very aware that there is often a conflict between communities bordering wildlife enclaves and the wildlife authorities managing them. Unless there is a direct benefit to the community in the form of employment in tourism and involvement in the parks/concessions, peace will not exist. Falcon Africa is very careful in its selection of suppliers. Lodges are visited and questioned on their social responsibilities. Cultural tours are contracted to suppliers in the communities and cultural guides must be from the communities.
Environmental Responsibility – At Falcon Africa we place Environmental concerns above all else. What we have done and still continue to do:
Falcon Africa closed its ‘city’ office and moved to a private ‘home-office’. The home-office operates entirely on solar power generated on-site, has a water storage tank for rainwater harvesting. It is virtually ‘paper-free’ in that there is no printed marketing material or printed documentation. A home office also reduces the requirement for motorised transport and its associated carbon emissions.
Carbon Footprint – At Falcon Africa we take our Carbon Footprint seriously.
It can be assumed that travel is environmentally unfriendly, but this can offset by ‘eco / environmental tourism’. If it were not for tourism, huge tracts of wilderness area, where indigenous animals roam freely would not be economically viable. Africa’s reserves, parks and protected areas would be used for agriculture or human settlement. Mountain Gorillas, Black & White Rhino, African Elephant, African Wild Dog and many other species would become extinct in the wild.
What does Falcon Africa do to reduce our footprint?
- We operate the business from home, thereby reducing the use of motor vehicles.
- The Home Office runs almost entirely on solar power, and has a rainwater catchment tank
- Falcon Africa Safaris issues e-documents to our clients, thereby reducing printing and paper trails
- All filing and bookkeeping is electronic
Falcon Africa donates funds to Wildlife Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), and we plant indigenous trees in wetlands. We actively protect wetlands as well as national parks threatened by development or mining. In March 2012, we received an owl conservation award in Minnesota, USA.
In designing our itineraries, we actively seek out accommodation establishments that take their environmental responsibility as seriously as we do.