Traveling with SOLEQ.travel is good for the environment
During each voyage with a motorized means of transport, CO2 is emitted. This is a fact that is still unavoidable these days.
In order to keep the negative impact of traveling on the environment as low as possible, there exist a number of carbon offsetting methods.
One method is an economic compensation that is realized by donations from the ones that cause the impact to environmental organizations and projects.
That’s the way SOLEQ.travel works as well. For each cruise, through the Galapagos Islands an amount of 0,94 $ is automatically charged from the client. For the flight to the Galapagos they pay 7.50 $ and for a flight to the amazon 1 $. During a tour by bus, the fix donation is 0.5 $ for each way and 0.34 $ for each travel day by car.
The money that is raised this way is donated to the environmental foundation Jocotoco in order to support their environmental projects.
The clients receive brief information about these charges and what is done with the money. If they want they can also offset their long-distance flight by a donation to Jocotoco that can be organized by SOLEQ.travel.
What exactly is Jocotoco?
Jocotoco is an environmental NGO founded in 1998.
Everything began with the discovery of an until then almost not studied bird species by the ornithologist Dr. Robert Ridgely in 1998. The bird was named Grallaria ridgleyi – ‘Jocotoco Antpitta’ in Spanish. In order to protect this endangered species, the environmental NGO Jocotoco was founded.
Its aim is to protect areas of critical importance for the conservation of bird species that are not specifically protected by Ecuadorian law. Therefore Jocotoco acquires land and converts it into biological reserves.
Since its foundation the NGO could obtain land for actual 12 reserves that protect in total an area of 24,629 ha and not only birds are protected but also the rest of the flora and fauna such as amphibians and reptiles. The reserves are home to more than 900 species of birds amongst them more than 50 species that are threatened or near threatened. There can be also found 100 endemic species or species of restricted geographical distribution.
The reserves have been recognized as official Important Areas for Bird Conservation.
But not only birds are protected. There are also reforestation and forest restore projects going on that effect the environment of Ecuador in a very positive way.
Jocotoco works closely with local communities.
What is done with the traveler´s donation?
With the money that travelers donate automatically during their tour with SOLEQ.travel or additionally for flight compensation parts of day´s wage of the workers at the Jocotoco reserves is covered. The work includes the recollection of seeds and little plants, maintaining greenhouses, preparation of the land, seeding.
Another important part of the work is the monitoring of mortality and growing of the plants. Seedlings are maintained and cleaned with 8 to 10 cleanings per year for each plant.
All this work is done during three years in order to guarantee the growing of the plants.