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GREEN POLICIES

We follow the environmental codes of responsible tourism of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and PATA's Green Leaf program. To help you get the most out of your stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, please read the information below.

     
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ELECTRICY & LIGHTING
1. Our Lodge was totally self-reliant for energy from 1995 and was not connected to the grid until 2008. Due to the high cost of solar technology and maintenance, we use government electrical supply for 12 hours daily with back up from our in-house generators for our power demand.
2. At night lighting is supplemented by kerosene oil lamps in the garden and along the corridors, recycled cooking oil lamps in the restaurant and lounge area to provide a cosy ambience. We use energy saving bulbs in all rooms.
3. Hot water in guestroom is generated by 4 units of solar-heating system.
4. We encourage our guests to switch off the lights and ceiling fan when not in the room.
5. We adopt an open concept in Gecko lounge, Gomantong Hall and Melapi restaurant to allow for unrestrained air circulation and ventilation, minimizing energy usage and maximize day time cooling.
     
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WATER USAGE
1. Our Lodge is 100% self-sufficient on water. Rainwater is harvested, filtered and chlorinated for kitchen and guest use.
2. Please help to conserve water by minimizing flushing the toilet and turning off the taps when brushing, shampooing or soaping. All toilets are equipped with dual flush systems.
3. We do not replace towels and linens unless requested by guests.
     
   
DISPOSAL SYSTEM
1. Our Lodge is equipped with septic tanks and nothing is discharged into the river. Organic materials are composted while non bio-degradable materials are separated and returned to Sandakan for disposal and recycling
2. Please dispose your rubbish in appropriate recycle bins labelled cans, bottles and plastic located at the open deck.
     
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NOISE
1. Much thought has gone into minimising noise level at the Lodge and on river cruises in order for guests to experience nature's symphony in the rainforest. This is why we adopt an open concept at the lounge area and restaurant. Hence, we do not encourage the use of television and radio.
2. Our boats are equipped with electric motors and outboard engine which are used when moving among wildlife sensitive areas to minimize noise and air pollution, to provide additional comfort to the passengers and to reduce stress to the wildlife.
     
   
SAFETY & CLEANLINESS
1. For your own safety, wear a life jacket at all times when on your river cruises. For the additional safety along the way between Sandakan and the Lodge, all speedboats are equipped with CB radios.
2. Smoking and burning of any materials is prohibited inside your room. Charging of commercial/TV batteries is also prohibited in your room. Fire extinguishers are located along the verandahs outside your rooms.
3. Please do not consume ay foods and beverages, especially sweets in your rooms as this will attract insects.
     
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DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
1. The Lodge is built 100ft away from the river bank (except for Melapi Jetty) and outside the riparian reserve to prevent storm water soil erosion. Native vegetation is left intact to provide natural shade, to minimize impact of noise, and provide maximum privacy to the in-house guests.
2. The Lodge is built on stilts 5ft above ground to minimize impact of annual flooding of the Kinabatangan River and keep insects, animals and reptiles out of the rooms. Hornbill boardwalk is also built on stilts and is covered for added protection from falling rotting branches. The two elephant passes (unique to SRL) provided along the boardwalk were built to allow the migration of Borneo Pygmy elephants through the property.
3. Passive cooling design and exhaust fans are installed to extract hot air above ceiling in order to enhance indoor thermal comfort of the Lodge with low energy consumption.
4. The Lodge is built with local hardwood species including Belian (Borneo ironwood) for stilts and pillars, Belian, Merbau and Selangan Batu for open deck and balcony, Nyatoh for room furniture and fixtures.
     
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LOCAL COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
1. We try to provide employment opportunities for the local community wherever possible. The jetty, plank walks, open deck, wall panelling, wooden benches and deck tables/chairs are all testimony of their capabilities.
2. 80% of our staff is locals. As most of the local staff could not speak English when they first joined us, we have instituted training, recruited senior staff from the city and brought overseas tourism student interns to help them understand the cultures and needs of the tourists, to develop communication skill and to speak English. Three staff members have been sent for Nature Guide training and certification course. We seek to continuously train all of them in order for them to reach their potentials and to be able to run the lodge according to your expectations. The management supports ongoing personal development by offering mentoring programs on leadership development and book reading program.
3. Your patience and encouragement for any shortcomings will go a long way in helping the staff to overcome shyness, language and cultural barriers.
     
   
COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT PROJECTS
1. Since 2000, our community and environmental benefit society, “Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies”, BEST Society (formerly known as Sukau Ecotourism Research and Development Centre or SERDC) has organized several projects including supplying of over 50 water tanks to local families, three medical camps and the ongoing Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor Rehabilitation Project (KWICORP) - a tree planting project.

SRL sets aside RM4 and BET also contributes RM8 for every international guest who stays at the lodge in addition to the contribution from guests. These made up to an amount of approximately RM50, 000.00/ USD 16,400 per annual. We started collecting RM20 per guest for Conservation Levy in 2009 for the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Tourism Operators Association (KiTA) and BEST Society to enhance conservation activities or projects on the Kinabatangan.

From 1996 to 2013, we have raised RM 1,157,451.22 and spent RM 933,253.70 for various projects. Details of contributions, funding and projects are available from the Lodge Manager or on our website at www.bestsociety.org .
     
   
EDUCATION & INTERPRETATION
1. Information gallery on the local flora and fauna has been set up to provide education for in-house guests while our naturalist guides facilitate with additional interpretation about the rainforest around the Hornbill Boardwalk. The Hornbill Boardwalk Booklet and visitors’ handbook on Kinabatangan Floodplain is provided in the room. A folder with information about the Conservation Fellows who have contributed to the conservation of the Kinabatangan region is also made available in your room. A complimentary pictorial colour guide of wildlife of Sabah is also made available to all guests.

For additional information, you may want to get a copy of our publication "Saving Paradise - The Story of Sukau Rainforest Lodge" from Kadai Gift Shop or contact us at info@borneoecotours.com

Updated May 2014