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November 13, 2013 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Passions of Paradise has been invited to showcase its environmental initiatives at Ecotourism Australia’s Global Eco Conference on November 18-20 at Noosa.

The Cairns-based company’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Russell Hosp will deliver the presentation 50 Shades of Green, describing how Passions of Paradise promotes and safeguards the long-term sustainability of its dive and snorkelling sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

Eye on the Reef“As an operator in a World Heritage area we must continually strive to not only protect this amazing ecosystem, but educate our passengers about its value so they can go away as ambassadors armed with the knowledge about what makes our reef so special,” he said.

“Many of our passengers are looking for a meaningful Great Barrier Reef experience so we have introduced the National Geographic Diver Program where they can join research projects which involve activities like documenting the corals and fish they see.

“More than 100,000 passengers have been introduced to the role sharks play in the environment through our Save a Shark program which has raised $25,000 for student research into sharks.

“Just this year, Passions of Paradise has become one of 13 companies in Australia to be awarded Climate Action Leader status from Ecotourism Australia. We achieved this by introducing a number of strategies to reduce our footprint on the planet through initiatives such as sailing instead of relying on engine power to return from the Great Barrier Reef.

“We are negotiating to offset our remaining carbon emissions by working with the Australian Rainforest Foundation to plant 1800 trees in the Daintree so we will have a hand in protecting both the reef and rainforest World Heritage areas of Tropical North Queensland.

“Other initiatives include donating the Passions of Paradise catamaran for training purposes to Queensland National Parks, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre as well as hosting many visiting scientists.

“Our crew has developed satellite imagery maps of the distribution of crown-of-thorns

starfish at Michaelmas Cay which are in use by GBRMPA and have regularly undertaken dives to eradicate these pests.

“There are many more steps that Passions of Paradise has taken, including the creation of my role, to ensure we minimise our impact on the environment and I look forward to sharing just how easy it is being green with the Eco Conference delegates.”

Passions of Paradise is in the running for Ecotourism Australia’s Excellence and Innovation Award which will be announced at the conference.

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