Travelife Sustainability System
Compass Group has recently join Travelife with our Compass Special Interest brand! Founded in 2007, the Travelife Sustainability System is an initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable practices within the travel and tourism industry. The Travelife initiative is based on the central role of tour operators and travel agents in the tourism supply chain. Their unique position between suppliers and buyers enables them to influence consumer demand, procurement policies and the development of destinations. This allows them to contribute significantly to sustainable development and environmental and cultural protection in destinations. Travelife aims to offer companies the knowledge, solutions and tools to implement positive change within their businesses and their supply chain.
To ensure that our tour operations have a positive impact on the destinations, the compass group works hard to adhere to a specific set of Sustainable Tourism Principles. Our mission is to promote environmentally responsible travel and help the efforts to the conservation in Brazil, ensuring that our natural resources and local communities benefit now and in the future.
Considering Sustainable Tourism as a relatively new concept in the tourism industry, we support the a specific set of environmental code of ethics as a guideline to help explain and demonstrate the concepts behind sustainable tourism and to inform tourists of ways in which they can travel responsibly.
Terra Preta Community & Acajatuba Village
A group of students from West Island College and Reid Morrison donated money and volunteered to help a community rebuilt a technical school and a healthcare center in the Brazilian state of Amazonas.
Terra Preta community and Acajatuba Village are located on the edge of Negro River, around 300km from Manaus, the capital of Amazon state in Brazil. With church and school, the locals live from handcraft, fishing and production of manioc flour. In April of 2007 the students group from West Island College (Canada) did voluntary work for helping the community rebuilding a technical school and a healthcare centre; USD2,000 donation was also used for buying school supplies.
Social Objectives: The implantation of a school into the Acajatuba Village, and offering to the locals: computer, library, English class; art workshop, vegetable garden.
Money reverted to buy: new woods for the walls, paints, and school supplies.Considering that the area is well visited by internationals, they would expect future donations starting from this initiative.
Projeto Tamar – Fernando De Noronha
Travelers who visited the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha with Compass Special Interest and Polar Expedition symbolically adopted sea turtles and helped raise income used to support sea turtle conservation project by TAMAR.
With national and international prestige, credibility and recognition, TAMAR Project (Projeto TAMAR) monitors 1,000km (621mi.) of beaches where 20 stations is located in 8 Brazilian states to protect sea turtles. Out of 7 species of sea turtle on earth, 5 can be found in Brazil. The sea turtle population in Brazil declined rapidly due to selective killing, consumption of eggs, illegal fishing and irregular use of the beaches. In coastal areas where sea turtles come to nest and/or feed, the stations operates with creative means of preserving sea turtles.
In Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago 321km (200mi.) away from coast, TAMAR Project have been active since 1984. The island is a place of reproduction of the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the feeding area of the specie most threatened of extinction-Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
In October 2013, Brazil Ecotravel will host the National Geographic Explorer Ship in Fernando de Noronha Island. Passengers from the ship will have an exclusive opportunity to visit the Tamar Project.
In 2008 Brazil Ecotravel hosted the Polar Expedition Ship which also donated significantly to the TAMAR Project.
Each passenger on the ships donated through a sea turtle adoption program. Visitors received a Certificate of Adoption and an exclusive t-shirt of TAMAR and Brazil Ecotravel. Contributing to the conservation, TAMAR provides employment to local communities and generates incomes, which is used to finance its research and conservation work.
Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Project
Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD), Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Project (GLTCP), is one of the best-known rainforest conservation efforts in Brazil. Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) is one of the most endangered primate species on earth and is endemic to Atlantic Rainforest of Rio de Janeiro State. Due to the devastation of the Atlantic Rainforest, the Golden Lion Tamarin habitat reduced drastically leading the specie to extinction.
The project aims on the conservation of Atlantic Rainforest, one of world’s richest tropical forests in biodiversity, focusing on the protection of the Golden Lion Tamarin in its natural habitat. The goal of the conservation project by the year 2025 is to grow the population to 2,000 individuals in 25,000 hectares of protected forest, saving the species from extinction.
Besides being a great attraction itself, visiting AMLD with Brazil Ecotravel will help support the project. AMLD has been receiving groups of foreigners to observe Golden Lion Tamarin in their natural habitat and learn about the importance of the project for GLT and Atlantic Rainforest. In 2006, with the support of Brazil Ecotravel and International Expeditions that took 16 groups, with a total of 96 passengers, donating US$ 6.580 to conserve the area where the largest population of reintroduced GLT is concentrated. In 2005, a total of 128 visitors within 22 groups visited and raised a total of US$7.400 in donations.
Pantaneira Happiness School (Escolinha da Alegria Pantaneira)
In Pantanal, a school network was introduced to provide education to the children who didn’t attend school. Traveling with Brazil Ecotravel, Green Planet Expedition made a donation to buy school materials to the Pantaneira School project.
In March of 2007, Green Planet Expeditions (Longmont-CO-USA), traveling with Brazil Ecotravel, donated the sum of USD826.00 in school materials to Pantaneira Happy Little School located at the Primavera Farm. Baia das Pedras Pousada, Mrs. Rita and Mr. Dóio, acted as a mediator of this donation.
In the world’s largest fresh water wetland, Pantanal, a school network was introduced with a special calendar based on the dry season to the huge number of children who didn’t attend school. Due to the access restrictions, the location of the schools was determined by demographic concentration. The project aims in linking education about the Pantaneira culture and teach the students about the environment they live in. City halls and Pantanal farmers got together counting on WWF incentives to come up with the Pantaneira School.
The farmers would give the land for the school installation to attend the families in the area. That would guarantee the children access to elementary school. The project also reorganized the school year with a special calendar making it compatible to the local reality, considering the rain season as well as diversified subjects that bring back local art and culture.
The partnership with the owners of the farms is extremely important for the program continuity. Besides participating in the organization of the core and its activities, and with their effective presence in the meetings every 2 months, those farmers contribute with financial resources, general material and equipments.