BOULDER, CO, Dec. 27, 2017 – Natural Habitat Adventures has launched Nat Hab Philanthropy, a new initiative to help fund grassroots conservation and community development projects in the places where they operate. As the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund and the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, Nat Hab has led the way in showcasing travel’s positive on-the-ground influence around the globe. This new philanthropic program continues to raise the bar on their sustainability commitment.
Nat Hab Philanthropy expands and formalizes a program to help finance local projects in the destinations that host Natural Habitat’s travelers. While the company has long cast its support toward local projects around the world, Nat Hab Philanthropy expands a focus on community-led projects, from sustainable development to education, to science -- and ensures much larger financial contributions to boost these efforts.
Nat Hab Philanthropy is contributing to 13 grassroots projects in this year. These financial commitments provide a tangible boost for wildlife and community projects near endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, in communities surrounding polar bears in the Arctic, around monarch butterfly roosting sites in Mexican fir forests, and on the ground with scientists studying wolves in Yellowstone and the elusive aye-aye lemur in Madagascar.
These are the projects where Nat Hab Philanthropy dollars are making a difference:
The process for selecting Nat Hab Philanthropy projects is a company-wide initiative, inclusive of input from Expedition Leaders, local partners all over the world and operations in Boulder, CO. Following an official request for proposals, Natural Habitat Adventures received a wide range of requests for financial support. Upon scrutinizing the proposals, Nat Hab staff voted to select the final Nat Hab Philanthropy recipients.
“Nat Hab Philanthropy is helping get important on-the-ground projects the funding they need. Our grants are supporting sustainable community development and science. That helps bolster local resources and raise the bar for protecting them. And that is how you help protect the fragile places on this brilliant planet,” says Nat Hab Director of Sustainability Court Whelan, who manages the company’s philanthropy program.
Nat Hab continues to show that conservation travel makes a difference. Tourism dollars provide crucial income to local communities, and in turn,these communities are seeing that natural resources are valuable when they are left intact. For details about Nat Hab Philanthropy and the grassroots projects it supports, visit https://www.nathab.com/sustainability/philanthropy/.
About Natural Habitat Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2023 in support of WWF’s mission.
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