WE HAVE A DEEP AND ACTIVE COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
We have a deep and active commitment to sustainability
We do not only reduce our impact to a minimum, but our programs contribute directly to the regeneration of the natural heritage and the cultural identities of the territories in which we operate.
Certifications and awards:
- In 2016 we were awarded as the Most Sustainable Tour Company of Chile.
- In 2017 we became a certified B Corporation. The same year we received the “S” seal for Sustainability from the National Tourism Service, with maximum score.
- We have the Rewilding Europe certification.
Travel to Rewild & Giving Back
All of our programs follow a mission: to support local communities and entrepreneurs to transform tourism into a tool for wildlife regeneration and preservation of the local culture. We firmly believe that locals should be the first travelers of their own destination: through our volunteer work with local communities and schools, we promote the responsible and sustainable use of our natural resources.
Offsetting is a climate action that enables individuals and organizations to compensate for the emissions they cannot avoid, by supporting worthy projects that reduce emissions somewhere else. In our case, we are supporting through the program, the project called: Upgradation, Operating and Maintenance of 200 TPD Composting facility at Okhla, Delhi.
Our touristic operation generated last season 5 Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) equivalent to 5 tons of carbon dioxide.
We are working harder to measure and trace our carbon footprint from the BirdsChile operation, with the purpose of reducing them, offsetting them and generating a harmonious relationship with the natural environment and people.
BirdsChile is committed to the quality of life of its collaborators, for which it has obtained the 40 Hours of Work Seal awarded by the Ministry of Labor in August 2022.
Elimination of our Carbon Footprint
We go beyond offsetting our carbon footprint, we eliminate it with Tomorrow's Air.
Carbon removal means capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and locking it away for decades or centuries in plants, soils, oceans, rocks, saline aquifers, depleted oil wells, or long-lived products like cement.
Nature can absorb carbon dioxide, but Tomorrow’s Air provides carbon removal via direct air capture because it is a negative emissions technology that acts faster and can be paired with permanent storage.
We proudly support
- In 2020 we started supporting the Alianza Gato Andino (AGA), a multinational network that works in the 4 countries that have the presence of the most threatened feline in America: Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.
- AGA carries out interventions to neutralize or reduce the impact of various threats to Andean Cat populations, in a joint effort with local communities.
- We donate a percentage of purchases in our Store to research, monitor, and conserve this feline.
- We donate USD 3,5 a to Legado Chile Foundation for each traveler.
- Legado Chile Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates, manages, and articulates natural heritage conservation projects to contribute to the sustainable development of the country.
- They work on threatened species management and monitoring, ecological ecosystems restoration, sustainable waste management, socio-environmental education, resilient urban design, and ecological land use planning.
- The Bird and Wildlife Observers Network of Chile (ROC) is a naturalist organization, whose objective is the protection of birds and nature in Chile.
- We support the activities of the ROC Network in the Los Lagos region, through logistical support, volunteer work, and other resources.
- In addition, members of the ROC can access discounts on naturalist travels and on the products in our store.
The Wildlife Watcher’s Code of Ethics
We, as wildlife watchers, will put the needs and safety of wildlife first, conserve wildlife and habitats, and respect the rights of others.
We will seek wildlife watching experiences that reward us with the gift of seeing animals behaving naturally in their own environments.
Recognizing the importance of learning specific codes of ethics for observing birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects in the wild, we will adhere to these guiding principles:
- Observe animals from a safe distance, for us and for them. Observe from viewing blinds, viewpoints and points of minimal interference.
- Use binoculares or spotting scopes for a close view.
- Tread lightly, staying on trails and roads.
- Move slowly and quietly.
- Avoid nests and dens to avoid any stress on the fauna.
- Learn to recognize and respect wildlife alarm signals.
- Understand that when an animal changes behavior as a result of our presence, we are too close.
- Never feed the wildlife.
- Do not take pets to areas of high biological wealth or protected wilderness areas.
- Leave your pets at home or in the car.
- Film and photograph wildlife responsibly.
- Use a telephoto lens from a viewing blind or a vehicle.
- Never make deliberate noise that stresses wildlife.
- Leave plants, trees and other natural features as we found them.
- Include lens size of published photos, depict wildlife as part of a natural environment, and identify photos of captive wildlife.
- Always be considerate.
- Ask permission to watch or photograph wildlife on private land.
- Observe and follow all rules and regulations.
- Wait your turn to view or photograph animals when sharing a viewing area.
- Leave pets at home or in the car. Step lightly, staying in trails and paths.
- Participate in wildlife and habitat conservation.
- Help others become responsible wildlife observers.
We are committed to our community, always.
Leave no trace
The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of this program. They guide us to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. The principles have been adapted so they can be applied in your backyard or your backcountry.
- Plan Ahead & Prepare
- Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Others
We don’t use plastic bottles
- A million plastic bottles are sold around the world every minute.
- A single plastic bottle takes 450 years to biodegrade.
- Between 5 and 13 millon tons of plastic leaks into the world’s onceans every year to be ingested by seabirds, fish and other organisms.
- Since 2014 we have not delivered plastic bottles to auor travelers.
- Remember to bring your own reusable bottle, we provide mineral water to re-fill it. In this way you will be an important partner in the conservation of the natural heritage of our country.
Responsible Tourist Code of Conduct
The commitment with our environment brings us to motivate our clients to follow the responsible tourist code promoted by the Government of Chile.
Prevention of child exploitation
BirdsChile is committed to preventing and denouncing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (CSEC) in tourism.