Bawah Reserve, one of South East Asia’s most earth-conscious resorts is honoured to partner with WWF-Indonesia through its Signing Blue program, which was launched in 2015 to promote responsible marine tourism in Indonesia.
WWF is the world’s leading non-governmental organisation in wildlife conservation; and its Indonesian arm is dedicated to stopping and eventually reversing environmental degradation in the region and building a future where people live in harmony with nature.
Paul Robinson, COO of Bawah Reserve, said the Bawah team is proud to be a part of the Signing Blue initiative to further support marine conservation in the Anambas Archipelago (a remote part of Indonesia accessible via Singapore).
“At Bawah Reserve we are aware that tourism can boost economic growth, but without careful management, it could adversely impact the environment. We need to ensure that we will be able to enjoy this beautiful paradise for many generations to come,” he explained.
Bawah is located in the tropical waters of the Coral Triangle, an ecologically-blessed region that’s home to half of the coral species on the planet; a habitat for a diverse range of marine life; and a migrating transit for large nautical mammals.
If tourism is not responsibly and sustainably managed in the area, the risk of marine degradation and extinction is severely heightened.
Signing Blue encourages tourists and tourism businesses visiting and operating in the surrounding countries to improve their behaviours and activities. It also educates people about how they can actively protect natural resources.
In order to be admitted to the Signing Blue program, tourism businesses such as Bawah Reserve go through an extensive accreditation process by a team of independent auditors. Sustainability practices, community welfare, and most importantly, marine conservation efforts are checked and verified onsite.
World Resorts of Distinction Resort Marketing Director, Nina Coulson, said it’s a privilege to represent Bawah Reserve in the Australian market.
“The resort is doing such impressive things for the planet, and creating a blueprint for sustainable tourism, so it brings us great pride to share their stories and hopefully inspire change during the process,” she explained.