Damaraland Camp, Namibia

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The camp also uses water efficiently with a low pressured gravity fed system. We also ask guests to capture all the cold water from the shower while waiting for the hot water in a bucket, which the cleaning staff then use to clean the room. The camp also uses reusable glass bottles to remove the need for bottled water. Local water is treated using reverse osmosis to produce water of still water quality. As a result we are using less than one 500ml bottle of water per guest.

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What measures are taken to monitor performance and progress in meeting sustainability targets (environmental, socio-cultural and economic)?

All forms of the sustainability targets are measured across our 4Cs sustainability blueprint. These are reported in the company’s annual Integrated Report.

We do however measure performance monthly when considering sustainability aspects such as environmental performance, for example carbon emissions or bottled water consumption.

Do you provide Environmental Education & Training to staff? Do you have an Environmental and Respectful Code of Conduct for guests? Please provide more detail.

Yes, Wilderness Safaris has a Group-wide Environmental Minimum Standards in place, which details the principles to which we build and run our camps environmentally. Staff are trained on this aspect with regards to the 4Cs. Camps are also assessed biannually to ensure the staff are maintaining the camps with respect to these standards. Guests are also introduced to the various environmental commitments and expectations from them during the camp welcoming and health and safety briefing.

The company’s annual Sustainability Review (an abbreviated version of the Integrated Report), as well as the Wilderness Wildlife Trust and Children in the Wilderness Review, is also placed in all the rooms as part of the reading collateral.

What measurable impact has Damaraland Camp made on the local environment in which it operates?

Damaraland Camp has reduced any potential negative impacts through the above mentioned environmental efforts. In terms of biodiversity conservation, benefits of the establishment of Damaraland became very clear seeing animals such as the endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra grow from a population of 450 in the 1980s to 12 500 in the year 2000; and the now famous desert-adapted elephants from a mere 250 to 700 in 2000.

This recovery in wildlife is, however, merely as a result of the benefits realised by the members of the conservancy.

The impact the camp has had on the local community in terms of creating an alternative source of income to other activities, such as poaching etc, has been immense and is a true example of successful ecotourism.

What measurable impact has Damaraland Camp made on the local environment, in which it operates?

Damaraland Camp has reduced any potential negative impacts through the above mentioned environmental efforts. In terms of biodiversity conservation benefits of the establishment of Damaraland became very clear seeing animals such as the endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra grow from a population of 450 in the 1980s to 12 500 in the year 2000; and the now famous desert-adapted elephants from a mere 250 to 700 in 2000. This recovery in wildlife is, however, merely as a result of the benefits realised by the members of the conservancy. The impact the camp has had on the local community in terms of creating an alternative source of income to other activities, such as poaching etc, has been immense and is a true example of successful ecotourism.