| Green Travel News |
Ecoventura, a family-owned company of eco-friendly expedition vessels in the Galapagos, has earned Rainforest Alliance verification in recognition of its commitment to conserving the environment and supporting local communities. The company had previously been awarded a SmartVoyager “green seal of approval.”
Rainforest Alliance verification is an assurance that a hotel or tour operator has met comprehensive social, environmental and economic standards that conserve natural resources, protect wildlife and help local communities thrive. Rainforest Alliance verification is aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s criteria, the gold standard for sustainable tourism. SmartVoyagers is a voluntary environmental program developed by the local NGO Conservacion & Desarollo in Ecuador for tour boats and other ecotourism businesses that tread lightly on the area’s fragile ecosystem.
In 2006 Ecoventura became the first fully carbon neutral operation in the Galapagos Islands. In 2008, the company was presented with the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism – Best in a Marine Environment Award. Distinguished judges noted Ecoventura’s contribution toward improving conditions for local people in Galapagos and for being among the first operators to be independently audited. In 2009, Ecoventura was honored with the Conde Nast World Savers Award as the top-scoring cruise line. The panel of judges noted the company was exceptional in education, preservation, poverty and health. And In November 2009, Ecoventura received Travel + Leisure’s 5th annual Global Vision Award for Green Cruising.
In operation since 1990, Ecoventura transports 4,000+ passengers annually aboard its fleet of three 20-passenger expedition vessels. The company also operates a 16-passenger dive live-aboard offering 7-night itineraries visiting the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin.