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How Selective Asia helps mitigate carbon

We know just how important it is to reduce the carbon impact of our holidays, but with an increasing number of reports casting doubt on the benefits of carbon mitigation, we don't have the necessary clarity and confidence on this approach that we would ideally like.

We recognise it’s a subject that divides opinion, and we certainly don’t purport to be experts, and we therefore do not feel it is appropriate to include the cost of a mitigating project to balance your flight carbon as a default. We do, however, remain committed to reducing our footprint, and we do this in a number of ways.

We’re a long way from achieving all our goals but the wheels are very much in motion and we see each % of improvement/reduction as a step in the right direction.

To achieve your mitigation objectives, we recommend C-Level. They work directly with environmental scientists and communities in vulnerable habitats to develop functional ways to make conservation profitable for local people. They then channel carbon mitigation payments directly into these projects. It sounds straightforward enough, but a lot of thought, science and economics go into it. We think it's worth every penny.

Our position has always been to ensure that we do whatever we can to make sure your travels are positive in every way — for the communities you visit, the conservation and wildlife projects you choose to support, on your guides, the people that you meet — and, of course, for you. We're not here to scold anyone, but if you are choosing Selective Asia because we're a conscientious operator, you may also be keen to consider further reducing your carbon impact using the tools and ideas that we provide to help enable this. However, to be clear, this isn't a case of paying a fee to sweep the problem under the carpet and give us all carte blanche to stampede through Asia.

How your mitigation contribution would be used

To be certain that your action is making a verifiable difference and to protect your investment over the long-term we’ve chosen to partner with C Level and support the Khasi Hills project in Meghalaya India. Tangible impact is across the tri values that define Carbon Balanced certification: action on carbon (verified and to the highest standard under Plan Vivo), action on forests (both protection and restoration of forests and ecosystems), with communities (all C Level projects deliver full agency to indigenous local communities and support sustainable livelihoods). This ensures world-class community development in India, built around carbon removal.