Ecotourism

Daintree Rainforest and Cooper Creek Wilderness have maintained Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation and included ROC Respecting Our Culture and Climate Action Business Accreditation through Ecotourism Australia.  These accredited awards signify our ongoing commitment to protecting, conserving and presenting the natural and cultural values of our land for present and future generations.

Now recognised as Ecotourism Leaders through our years of accredited commitment, we can also claim to be wholly funded through an enduring ecotourism partnership with ethical travellers who pay the full life cycle cost of  conserving our portion of the world’s oldest rainforest on the central-eastern flank of Thornton Peak – Wundungu.

We suggest that management and conservation of the land is best achieved by the people who live upon it and that Government needs to recognise and support this more cost-effective arrangement.  Indigenous Australians maintained their custodial relationships with the land as part of the natural environment for tens of thousands of years.  It is because of their diligence and accumulated wisdom that Cooper Creek Wilderness is able to present pristine rainforest today and it is because of our 25-year continuous habitation in the rainforest that we have  discovered new information about the rainforest and its multitude of inhabitants.

Among the changes that could support sustainability, Queensland’s Land Valuation Act 2010 needs to be amended to properly incorporate ‘Conservation’ as an essential basic responsibility of land ownership.  Lands, to the extent that they are legislatively declared for conservation purposes, should be supported through tax relief.  It is incongruous for government to legislate for lands to be conserved and then increase their unimproved capital value for taxation purposes, because the property can no longer generate income through harvesting of natural resources.  Also, natural re-vegetation that allows ecosystems to resume cleared land ought to be recognised as an ecological improvement to the land and allocated payments as compensation for replenishment of  previously degraded land.

The principle of ‘user and polluter pays for the full life cycle cost of restoring the environment’ needs to be legislated with a compliance requirement as a matter of urgency.  The Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment was agreed to and signed by all Australian State Premiers and its Prime Minster in 1992, and left to effectively languish, because of the compliance omission, allowing Australia’s cultural momentum to continue to favour the illusion of short-term economic gain over long-term sustainability.

While our taxes are supporting the unfair trading practices that emanate from this historic malpractice, Australia undermines the viability of sustainable conservation and future generations are left with the legacy of an ever-increasing environmental debt.

Daintree Ecotourism

ADVANCED ECOTOURISM

Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.  Want to help the environment while you are on holidays? The ECO Certification logo means that you are guaranteed to experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction or accommodation that looks after the environment. The ECO Certification program assures you that certified products are backed by a commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Indigenous culture

RESPECTING OUR CULTURE

ROC Certified businesses are committed to protecting cultural authenticity and integrity, developing sound business practices, environmental protection and acknowledges Indigenous peoples spiritual connection to the land and water.

The Respecting Our Culture program also encourages the tourism industry to operate in ways that respect and reinforce the living cultural heritage and living cultures of Indigenous Communities.

Daintree climate change

CLIMATE ACTION CERTIFICATION

Looking for a carbon-friendly holiday?  Look for the Climate Action Certification logo.  Businesses carrying this logo have made a commitment to minimising their impacts on climate change through a range of energy and emission reduction strategies.

CLIMATE ACTION BUSINESS

Businesses have undertaken a set of adaption and emissions reduction actions but are not necessarily measuring their carbon footprint

global sustainable tourism

GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE TOURISM CERTIFICATION (GSTC)

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is an independent body that establishes and manages global standards for sustainability in travel and tourism with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices.

The GSTC Approved tick logo means that our ECO certified products are certified under a certification program, namely Ecotourism Australia’s ECO certification, is using a Global Sustainable Tourism Council -recognised standard, is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC, and that the certification procedures largely meet international standards for transparency, impartiality, and competence.

The acceptance of ECO certification as a GSTC Approved standard builds on the ECO certified tour operators’ deserved reputation for delivering high quality, sustainable best practice, tourism experiences that have true conservation benefits. Travelers choosing products that are certified by Ecotourism Australia can be assured that those products are deemed sustainable according to the highest international standards.