sustainable-tourism

Responsible and Sustainable Tourism

Responsible and Sustainable Tourism

At Langford Expedition Training we aim to hold ourselves to a high ethical standard when using outdoor locations and destinations as part of our business. When locations are used there are several considerations we approach to assess the viability, practicality and sustainability of the places that we utilise for our activities.

Leakages:

A leakage is where money is no longer in circulation in the location that items or services would be purchased. Which means the local communities that are in use would not be supported by financial transactions. This is a global issue; however, this is how Langford Expedition Training is helping to reduce its impact on small business and local communities.

  • We use local campsites, hostels and bed and breakfasts, which directly funds local business in the communities that we use
  • We do not take our own food when going on expeditions. We only buy from local supermarkets, not large corporate brands, but smaller independent stores. This applies to our national and international expeditions.
  • We use local guides as well as our own staff, which is not a standard practice across the outdoor industry. We pay them higher wages than the countries standard rate and look after them well. This encourages a continuing positive host and guest relationship

Sustainability:

Sustainability is a long term goal where we look after the environment that our company uses which not only allows us to continue using the rivers, footpaths and rock faces, but allows us to preserve these locations for other users and future generations.

  • We use designated launch points for all boating tips to reduce corrosion of banks. This also helps to reduce sediment in the rivers we use and keeps them cleaner
  • We use carefully selected climbing venues and recommend that all clients wipe their shoes before climbing to help keep the cliff faces intact
  • When on hikes we stick to the public rights of way and paths as much as possible to limit the amount of footpath erosion, however when walking off paths we spread the group out in order to reduce concentrated erosion
  • Using different locations for our activities reducing over use of one area

Recycling and reduction of litter:

We believe that our business should be following the best practice of recycling and reduction of litter to landfill sites. Being actively involved in the outdoor industry we have applied the saying ‘take only photographs and leave only footprints’ we are putting this into action both large and small.

  • On expeditions we only buy our goods from local producers, an example for this is beer crates which in some countries are are made of hard plastic; when these crates and empty bottles are returned full the purchaser receives money off their next purchase and the local shop who sold the beer is paid for returning it to the factory to be cleaned and reused. When we buy beer we take it all back the following year, even if that means traveling 1000km so that that shops receives its recycling money
  • In our office all of our wastage that can be recycled is this includes; glass, paper and plastic. However, if we can reuse any waste we try to do this first even by simple things like turning over used paper to make notes on

We also do regular litter picks on activities because we use the outdoors as our workspace we take a serious attitude to keeping it clean. We have often had ideas to turn this into a competition to help our groups understand the importance of not littering. We offer a prize for the group that picks up the most litter when out on either a course or expedition, this varies from group to group and how involved they want to get with this, however our instructors are always trying to reduce the amount of litter in the natural environment.

Access:

Host and guest relationships are very important when using the outdoors as a significant percentage of our outdoor landscape is privately owned either by a National Park or an individual. In order to keep the people who own the land happy and to ensure that we and others can continue to keep using the outdoors we always make sure we keep to the national and local access laws.

  • Keeping to public rights of way and paths
  • Using designated launch points
  • Using cliffs that are owned by the British Mountaineering Council or that are on access land which means that we have the right to use them, and not using any that are privately owned.
  • Using local guides that understand the best locations to use, which helps keep the landowners happy
  • Camping at official campsites or keeping to the camping laws and best practice of the area we are using, for example ‘out of sight, out of mind’

If you have any questions about Lloyd Langford Expedition Trainings ethical standards concerning the user of the outdoors for adventure and profit please feel free to contact us.

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