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Responsible tourism

Filipe Naigulevu
Monday, January 29, 2018

A PICTURESQUE resort in Pacific Harbour continues to place emphasis on responsible tourism with its flagship initiative on minimising its ecological footprints.

Apart from their normal operations, Nanuku Auberge Resort staff members and management have been kept busy from its "Planet Auberge" concept.

According to a statement from the resort, the concept continued to prove a major success with the resort's guests, staff and local people alike.

Launched into Fiji in mid-2017, the concept extends from the way the company builds, operates and maintains its 10 resort properties around the world to targeted initiatives focused on improving their surroundings.

The Nanuku Auberge Resort staff members joined by its enthusiastic general manager Sascha Hemmann have been implementing the program with gusto.

The resort's staff members led by on-resort Fijian marine scientist Kelly Dawn Bentley had implemented an environmental program focused on coral planting, reef conservation, mangrove replanting and shore protection activity and also community outreach.

The resort has introduced various methods over the period to reduce its energy consumption including the installation of LED energy saver bulbs throughout the resort along with the distribution of solar lights around beach villas and surrounding gardens. The resort's "Planet Auberge" initiative also includes several environmental programs including two weekly programs which guests can take an active part in — coral and mangrove planting.

Coral planting is conducted on Nanuku reef making for a good snorkelling spot and a pistine habitat for ever-expanding numbers of marine life.

Mangrove planting is carried out in the resort nursery and transplanted to surrounding communities where about 430 mangrove plants have been transplanted into nearby Culanuku Village while continuing to work with the community to set up its own mangrove nursery.

The resort's most recent partnership is with "The Earth Care Agency" and Ranadi Regenerative Organic Plantation in nearby Deuba allowing for the removal and composting of all green waste as well as paper waste.

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