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US multinational Dole scraps Sri Lanka banana plans
Conservationists argue that the plantation would have violated environmental laws
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Conservationists in Sri Lanka have welcomed a decision by US-based multinational food firm Dole to abandon plans for a huge banana plantation.
Campaigners say Dole had hoped to team up with a local company, Letsgrow Ltd, to plant the bananas in Somawathiya National Park.
The park is home to elephants and other endangered species, activists say.
In a statement to the BBC, Dole said it had “ceased all commercial operations” on the land and was vacating it.
It denied earlier that the plantation would have been located on “land designated as forest land”.
“The Department of Wildlife Conservation has been requested to visit the area for their confirmation,” the statement said.
It said that Dole had met several Sri Lankan environmental and conservation groups in relation to claims by them that part of the proposed area of cultivation was in the park.
One of these groups, the Environmental Conservation Trust of Sri Lanka, says that an area of about 5,000 acres was earmarked for the plantation, which would have necessitated a “massive clearing of forestry” in an area populated by rare leopards, birds and water buffalo.
The trust said that Letsgrow Ltd – owned by cricketers Pramodya Wicramasinghe and Muttiah Muralitharan – acquired the land from the army.
The trust’s statement said that while it recognised the need to rebuild Sri Lanka after decades of war, the proposed plantation was in the catchment area of the River Mahaweli which provides water to many animals in the national park.
“The damage inflicted would be too great compared with the benefits acquired,” the statement said.
It said that Dole could easily have selected suitable land elsewhere without violating Sri Lanka’s environmental laws.
But the company says that it is committed to conservation and environmental protection, “in addition to providing meaningful employment and benefits for local communities”.
Accommodation with Green Lanka Travel
Our tours are designed with the Hotels that have been entered into “The Green Hotel Initiative”with GLT that was developed in partnership with Emissions reductions consultancy Carbon Asia, Inc.
The goals of the Green Hotels and Responsible Tourism Initiative are:
• To educate and raise awareness of the benefits as well as the potential negative impacts of tourism.
• To provide information and guidance based on academic studies, research, and best practices to help reduce your carbon ‘footprint’.
• To highlight the benefits of sustainability and offer suggestions that will help you become a ‘greener’ hotel or a more responsible traveler.
• To showcase those hotels that already have adopted green policies and highlight the positive effects on their business.
• To engage, share, and encourage each other to be part of the solution.
Our Corporate carbon reduction commitment
•Targets-20% reduction by 2013
•Greening Sri Lanka Hotels
•Carbon reduction validation
Managing the carbon footprint by implementing best practices in terms of energy, green cover, transport, resource management and getting involved in replanting the seeds of a healthy environment is one of the key commitments in sustainable policy of Green Lanka Travel. A few of our carbon reduction actions are,
•Water saving and waste water recycling and reusing
•Waste reduction and recycling and reusing
•Solar power for hot water ( currently under repairing)
•Bio Mass plant replacing thermal power
•Reforestation & not a single tree is cut
•Conservation forest acts as a carbon sink
•Guests and staff participate in various activities
Greening Sri Lanka Hotels
Green Lanka Travel joined the Greening Sri Lanka Hotels programme conducted by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) and the Responsible Tourism Partnership (RTP) to learn new methodologies and share our best practices in optimizing energy efficiency and natural resources sustainability actions with the Sri Lanka’s Hotel industry. We have entered in to a partnership to validate our carbon emission reduction so that we can work towards offering a carbon neutral holiday for our guests.
Green Lanka Travel sustainability objectives
•Enrich the lives of employees by providing a safe working environment, conducive to learning and maturing not just professionally, but personally too, thus creating responsible citizens of the future.
•Manage the carbon footprint by implementing best practices in terms of energy, green cover, transport, resource management and getting involved in replanting the seeds of a healthy environment.
•Reaching out to the communities that the hotel is directly and indirectly associated with such that their immediate and future prospects are considerably improved. Projects are aimed at not only creating livelihoods, but also bringing about a change in outlook so as to make communities more cooperative and tolerable towards one another.
In order to share the best practices we feel that documentation is of utmost importance and that’s exactly why we have invested time and resources to measure and document sustainability related activities undertaken on a daily basis, this information is presented in a sustainable review and report as per the Global Reporting Initiative, level B.
The hotel keeps checklists, monitoring and records are maintained and audited through internal audits as per the environmental management systems which has been certified for ISO 14001 and Earth Check Silver certification. Targets are set and monitoring is done for continuous improvement. Every month hotel completes comprehensive forms. We joined the Responsible Tourism Partnership and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority Greening Sri Lanka Hotel programme and the methodology was also adopted to improve our data collection and analysis. A very comprehensive energy conservation policy is available including introduction of alternative renewable energy and bio mass. A substantial amount of energy is saved by these measures every year.
Carbon offset is a credit for negating or diminishing the impact of emitting a ton of carbon dioxide by paying someone else to absorb or avoid the release of a ton of CO2 elsewhere. Carbon Offsetting Occurs by Funding Projects, in theory, give back to the environment to offset the amount of damage you have done. For example, the project you give money to may go towards providing solar panel roofs to households in Africa. The amount you pay to offset your carbon varies substantially based on the carbon offsetting organization you choose.
The range of projects that carbon offsets fund ranges from planting trees to providing wind power to distributing energy efficient light bulbs. You should take the type of project into consideration before choosing a carbon offset organization. Many of the carbon offsetting organizations allow you to choose which project you want to fund. Others don’t, so do your research before committing. We work with…in offsetting carbon. Please let us know if you want offset your tour print, and we will do it for you.
The international political response to climate change began with the adoption of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in 1992. The UNFCCC sets out a framework for action to achieve “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. The UNFCCC called for emissions reductions on the basis of equity, common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities.
Although the effective period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in year 2012, there are intense negotiations under way to reach an agreement on the mode of extension of the principles of Kyoto beyond this date as the expected reduction in CO2 levels have not materialized and in fact the levels have grown significantly beyond the 1990 levels. The recent Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC held in Bali Indonesia addressed this issue and the proposed cuts are of the order of 25% – 40 % by year 2020.
One of the mechanisms approved by the UNFCCC under this protocol is the Clean Development Mechanism whereby the Green House Gas (GHG) emission savings made by the non annex countries through appropriate projects, can be credited to the Annex I countries to meet their GHG emission reduction obligations imposed by the Kyoto Protocol. The process of approval of the projects and registration of the approved projects with the Executive Board of the UNFCCC as well as the subsequent verification and certification of the savings in GHG emissions actually achieved is strictly regulated by a rigorous process and procedures.
The emissions reductions with Green Lanka Travel initiatives are not eligible for carbon credits. We follow emissions reductions strategies solely on a voluntary basis.
Reducing individual carbon footprint
There is the alternative of selecting airlines with the latest, more fuel-efficient jets; this reduces your individual carbon footprint. But in the end, this is not a green transport mode. You could offset your carbon footprint by joining one of the schemes that “pays back” what you “spent” in terms of emissions by investing in emission reduction projects in an equivalent amount to the carbon footprint of your flight. Visit Green Lanka Travel flight search find the greenest flight. We’ll also help you offset your emissions.
Different names for Green Travel
Global warming is the continuing rise in the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. Global warming is caused by increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, resulting from human activities such as deforestation and burning of fossil fuels. The travel industry is contributing with their use of fossil fuel in transport services, emissions by hotels and various other travel activities.