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|Tok Tokkie Trails part of Carbon Footprint Research
The aim of the project was to research the carbon footprint of nature-based tourism packages in Namibia. Based on the findings, recommendations will be developed how the carbon footprint of nature-based tourism in general can be improved.Prof. Dr. Strasdas asserted the economic importance of tourism for Namibia and that tourism was highly beneficial for conservation and rural communities in the country. However, Prof. Dr. Strasdas also pointed out that despite Namibia’s relative dependence on tourism, the country was not well-prepared for the challenges that will be brought about for tourism by climate change, be it physical impacts, like more frequent droughts or indirect societal impacts, like the increasing awareness for climate change among tourists or regulations making long-haul flights more expensive. Therefore, Prof. Dr. Strasdas advice is that Namibia should position itself as a climate-friendly destination by adopting efficient mitigation strategies. Such strategies could be the increased use of renewable energies, more local sourcing, transport optimization, reducing travel distances for tours or the offsetting of emissions that cannot be avoided.For Tok Tokkie Trails the results of the study are very reassuring. The below chart clearly shows that Tok Tokkie Trails is much more CO2 efficient than e.g. a self drive lodge stay. At Tok Tokkie Trails most energy is created by solar power, a back-up diesel generator is only used on cloudy days when the solar system is not sufficient. We take great care to minimize our overall energy use for the whole operation and supply chain, as we consider reducing consumption as the most important step towards sustainability. These good results are an incentive for us to further continue improving our CO2 efficiency and overall environmental balance.