We are commited to developing environmental and conservation projects to help local people and the environment
Making an Impact
The focus of Sumatra EcoVentures is a vision that puts our guests, the environment, wildife and the local people at the core of our business.
We aim do this through initiating and developing projects which helps and educates all involved. By travelling with us, taking an eco trek or joining a cultural activity, you are helping us to reach our dream of making this a better place.
Eco-Friendly Build & Land Restoration
Sumatra EcoVentures has bought 2400m2 of rubber plantation in the beautiful area of Landak River. The dream of a building an eco homestay and yoga retreat. With the plan of returning the land back to a diverse environment, by planting trees, growing medicinal plants and fruit trees. We plan to raise money to buy the rest of the land of 4ha, to save and protect it. It has secondary forest and regularly has Orangutans feeding in the trees.
We just finished building the main ecolodge, using local builders and local natural resources. The aim to build in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. Here are some of the ways that we try to keep it sustainable
Barrel septic tank system with reed bed - Louise has designed a simple barrel septic tank system which will receive the black water. This will flow into a vetiver reed bed with the grey water
Compost Toilets - A simple compost toilet system for each bungalow
Rain water collection - Rain will be collected from the roof and used to flush the toilets. It will be stored for use in the dry season
Solar panels - hoping to used solar panel as we do not have electric
Community Support during COVID-19
With the spread of the Coronavirus, countries went into lockdown and travel stopped. First, the Gunung Leuser National Park closed then Bukit Lawang and surrounding villages went into lockdown. No tourism, no income for guides, porters, restuarants workers, cleaners and many others which rely on tourism for income. With the help of a guest who raised money we were able to buy food packages for the people we work closely with, our guides and porters.
We set up our own fundraiser which raised £1120 and we will be able to help around 50 - 100 people in need. You can follow our updates our Crowdfunder Help Bukit Lawang Community - COVID-19 relief fund.
Sumatra EcoVentures is commited to give 10% of our profits from jungle trekking & 20% from tours towards community based projects. One initiative we would like to start is to form a group of local people (women, teenagers, children) at Landak River, which will collect rubbish, make eco-bricks and to earn a small income. This will hopefully keep the beautiful area of Landak River clean. We will then pay for these and use them as part of an Eco-friendlt guesthouse.
Rubbish and plastic is a growing issue along Landak River, with no bins, recycling system or rubbish collection. With many local tourists visiting the area at the weekends, all bringing picnics - food in plastic, plastic bottle or some will buy the convenient Potmie (instant noodles). These items are either burnt, left at the side of the river or even thrown inthe river!
ROAR Project - North Sumatra
To be plastic bottle free in Bukit Lawang tourist centre and to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in the community. To start a recycling system in Bukit Lawang.
How we will do this?
Work alongside and support guesthouses and cafe in Bukit Lawang
Provide reuseable water bottles with logo
Provide gallon pumps to all that want to participate
We are proud to respresent this project and Louise be the project Co-ordinator. This project was formed because of the rubbish and plastic issues in North Sumatra.
This project is already working with local people and empowering them to clean their own village. Recently, the project has partnered with the Bukit Lawang Care group in Bukit Lawang. Formed by some of the guides, who want to make a change and do something positive within the village. We are assisting and supporting them with regular litter picking in Bukit Lawang and surrounding areas. Bukit Lawang Care Commnuity has a group on facebook, you can join and follow their actvities.