As an Ecotourism 'Nature Tourism' and Sustainable Tourism Accredited Business, Air Kimberley are committed to the environment, the conservation and preservation of the Kimberley & Pilbara regions on which we operate. We are committed to sustainable development and management of Tourism. We are committed to developing, operating and marketing tourism in a sustainable manner; that is, all forms of tourism which make a positive contribution to the natural and cultural environment.
As a Tour Operator, we believe that we can be important contributors to Sustainable Tourism Development. We will strive to anticipate and prevent economic, environmental, social and cultural degradation. Where possible, we will work towards integrating these considerations into our operations and activities. We also recognise that tourism can have negative impacts on the economy, environment, nature, social structures and local cultures. In the long-term interest, we will endeavour to prevent or minimise these impacts.
We are committed to complying with local, national and international laws and regulations applicable to our business activities. We oppose and actively discourage illegal, abusive or exploitative forms of tourism. We are committed to a continual attempt to improve our performance in the context of sustainable development and management of tourism. We will manage and monitor the environmental, cultural and social impacts of our activities.
We will strive to pursue the best practices in all our activities - internally and when forming business relationships with partners, suppliers and sub-contractors - especially with regard to:
- responsible use of natural resources (e.g. land, soil, energy, water)
- reducing, minimising and preventing pollution and waste (e.g. solid and liquid waste, emissions to air)
- conserving plants, animals, ecosystems and protected areas (biodiversity)
- conserving landscapes, cultural and natural heritage respecting the integrity of local cultures and avoiding negative effects on social structures
- involving, and co-operating with, local communities and people
- using local products and skills
We will encourage our partners, suppliers and sub-contractors to improve their contribution to sustainable development and management of tourism, and will work with them and share information to assist in this.
We will seek greater co-operation within the tourism industry and between this industry and the public sector in order to further Sustainable Tourism. We shall encourage and seek to co-operate with national and local authorities, local communities, or any other interested party, to develop and implement the integrated planning and management of destinations in order to preserve the quality and sustainability of these destinations.
We wish to create awareness and active involvement among our personnel and guests towards the natural, social and cultural environment of the places they visit. We further wish to encourage host communities and our personnel and guests to develop a better understanding and mutual respect for one another. We will endeavour in our public communication and advertising to promote behaviour and activities compatible with the principles of sustainable development and management of tourism. We will encourage other tour operators to support this statement.