Hands in the Soil

Impact Sustainable Plan

Our commitment to helping conserve the Gunung Leuser National Park, bordering forests, wildlife and people

Our Impact Plan

How we make this happen

 

Protecting 4.5 ha of secondary forest | Helping local communities | Cleaning up local ecosystems 

Our impact plan aims to demonstrate that by controlling international travel through low impact, eco-friendly and sustainable tourism, conservation can be achievable whilst providing local comunities with a fair income and benefits. 

 

Our impact sustainable plan, along with all our treks, tours and activities that take place are prepared with our core beliefs in place - care of the environment, respect wildlife and embace people and cultures. We find a balance between them so all involved benefit.

Our commitment​

Giving more, taking less

We believe in giving more and taking less, and we try to apply this everyday with all our treks, tours, activities and at our brand new eco homestay.

No matter how big or small; like starting a fundraiser and handing out food parcels to local communities in need during the coronavius crisis, building the first true sustainable guesthouse in Bukit Lawang to making eco-bricks at home or recycling organic material for compost or planting trees. With all our actions, we try to leave a positive impression on the local people as well as the environment.  

 

Now we can provide a place for local enterpreneurs, like Aini's Pure Eco Soup (APES) to display their products in our guesthouse and help encourage other local arts and products.

Our commitment is to you also. To provide an authentic, off the beaten track experience in a low impact way in which supports local communities.

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Small group of Silver-leaf monekys at Batu Kapal, with views of the national park in the background

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Landak River near Bukit Lawang, with private land either side and view of the Gunung Leuser National Park mountains

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Monitoe lizard swimming in Bahorok river, Bukit Lawang

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Small group of Silver-leaf monekys at Batu Kapal, with views of the national park in the background

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Our Sustainable Impact Plan

Care of the environment - to reduce our carbon footprint and to minimalise the impact our operations have on the land, rainforest and river systems.

Protect wildlife - to preserve all wildlife; insects, reptiles to mammals in the rainforest and rivers

Preserve culture & traditions - develop community-based tourism, support local traditions and trades, provide a place where local people can showcase their products. 

Our Eco Sustainable Program

 

We offer Eco-treks in nearby secondary forests where wild orangutans live, using local people as guides, thus giving them an income and a reason to protect the remaining forests 

Our jungles trek are responsible treks, our guides do not feed orangutans, keep their distance and do not leave litter 

We use and employ local people in the areas where we offer treks, thereby supporting them and giving them an income

 

We aim to search for new areas bordering the national park, educate the local people and offer treks or tours in these areas, developing community based sustainable tourism.

 

To develop more Eco-treks in other areas bordering the National Park, working alongside local people for a sustainable future for nature and human

To actively promote and encourage tourist to visit local handi-craft shops and businesses to support the local people

 

We offer and actively promote other actvities in and around Bukit Lawang so we and visitors are supporting local livelihood and giving back to the local economy​

We are involved with the ROAR project: to reduce and actively recycle. Working towards reducing single-use plastic in Bukit Lawang and want to start recycling and upcycling projects with the local community as a way of income

 

We are working alongside Bukit Lawang Care Community in Bukit Lawang, helping to clean Bukit Lawang and initiate recycling in all the guesthouse and rubbish collection.

We support a local eco-farm and offer eco-tours to visit the farm and learn about local organic farming and permaculture

10 % of our jungle trekking and tour profits go towards our projects, or buying trees, or other local conservation/environmental projects

With a special interest in Sumatra Orangutans, we aim to start a research project to understand how a small population of orangtuans survive in a human-dominated environment.