TIGER TOPS ETHOS
Tiger Tops has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable travel and responsible tourism since its establishment in 1964. In addition to supporting a wide range of local programs, Tiger Tops has created its own community and wildlife projects throughout Nepal. These focus on conservation, education, health and welfare, and address the environmental and human needs that exist where its lodges, camps and trekking routes are located.
All our Lodges and operations adhere to rigorous environmental policies that aim to mitigate adverse impacts and protect the environment. To reduce energy, waste and pollutants, Tiger Tops properties use solar power, vehicles are maintained to emission control standards and we use ox carts for transportation whenever possible. We serve organic and sustainable produce, ensuring our farming techniques rejuvenate the land. Purchasing, employment and outsourcing are done as locally as possible. The construction of Lodges are from local materials, carried out by local craftsmen. Their designs strive to preserve or incorporate indigenous motifs and products. In the jungle and among nature, strict safari guidelines and wildlife protocol are observed.
Tiger Tops respects, supports and preserves the culture, traditions of local tribes and engages villagers in partnerships for social and economic empowerment.
Tiger Tops recognises its strategic position in the tourism triangle, as the bridge between guests, communities and wildlife, can be a powerful positive force.
Tiger Tops is a member of the Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) Campaign.
In fact, Tiger Tops is the only member (May 2014) outside of India. TOFT is a collective campaign encompassing all those involved in wildlife tourism in India and South Asia.
This includes International and local travel operators / agents, destination management agents, local service providers, accommodation providers and visitors who join in to play their individual part of being for the sustainability of wild destinations and fight to save South Asia’s tiger habitats and its protected areas. TOFT’s aim is to advocate a sustainable approach to wildlife tourism and the responsible use of wild habitat in this region, in cooperation with host communities and park authorities.
TOFT collects and raises funds through visitor and operator contributions. TOFT works in partnership with Global Tiger Patrol – (Regd Charity. Estd: 1989). These funds are spent on projects in the field such as conservation education for park guides, TOFT on-going scientific research analysis and aiding park management.
As a local member, our role is to promote the TOFT responsible guidelines/Codes of Conduct to our clients visiting Nepal’s national parks and to ensure that we promote the camps/lodges that are TOFT approved (obtained by the new TOFT ‘Practices Under Guidelines’ (PUG) Rating Certification Program). Experience and research shows that responsible nature and wildlife tourism can provide an invaluable platform to support parks, buffer zones and local communities. Therefore, it is critical we all work together in order to dovetail responsible tourism and conservation. If you would like to know how you and your organisation can also play an important part in this chain, we would please request you to get in touch with us or with TOFT directly tofttigers.org