Evason Phuket Eco Trail

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Evason Phuket Eco Trail

Thailand
Project Summary
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The Evason Phuket Eco Trail takes visitors on a journey through the heart-of-the-house
of the resort. Local school groups, local communities and guests are shown the
environmental practices of the resort and explained the importance and how they can help
save the environment. Features include a Recycling Corner, chipping machine, bio-diesel
plant, composting area, Herb & Vegetable Garden, nursery, waste water treatment plant
and fresh water reservoir. At the Recycling Corner different bins are set up for visitors to
physically sort through plastic bottles, cardboard, can etc. into the correct bin for
recycling. Benefits of recycling are explained and how it works through buying and
selling waste in Thailand as it is not government driven but private. Garden waste is
mixed with organic kitchen waste creating fertile soil, which is used in the Herb &
Vegetable Garden to produce fresh vegetables for the kitchen. Full circle. Rainwater is
collected and used throughout the property. Some water is treated with reverse osmosis
and minerals are added to create a health mineral water for guests to enjoy. All used
water is treated in the waste water treatment plant and used for garden irrigation. Another
full circle explaining sound environmental practices to the local community.

Your idea
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Street Address

100 Vised Road, Moo 2, Tambol Rawai, Muang District,

City

Phuket

State/Province
Postal/Zip Code

83130

Country
Year innovation began

2006

Geotourism Challenge Addressed by Entrant

Quality of benefit to the people of the desitination

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Indicate sector in which you principally work

Tourism-related business

Geographic location

Coast.

Plot your innovation within the Mosaic of Solutions
Main barrier addressed

Lack of collaboration

Main insight addressed

Education through hands-on experience

Innovation
What is the goal of your innovation?

To create innovative and enriching experiences in a sustainable environment – this is
also the Six Senses Resorts & Spas Core Purpose.

How does your approach support or embody geotourism?

Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa has set up an Eco Trail, which takes visitors on a
journey through the heart-of-the-house of the resort. Local school groups, local
communities, and guests are shown the environmental practices of the resort and
explained the importance and how they can help save the environment. Features include
Recycling Corner, chipping machine, bio-diesel plant, composting area, Herb &
Vegetable Garden, nursery, waste water treatment plant and fresh water reservoir. At the
Recycling Corner different bins are set up for visitors to separate plastic bottles,
cardboard, can etc. into the correct bin for recycling. Benefits of recycling are explained
and how it works through buying and selling waste in Thailand as it is not government
driven but private. Garden waste is mixed with organic kitchen waste creating fertile soil,
which is used in the Herb & Vegetable Garden to produce fresh vegetables for the
kitchen. Full circle. Rainwater is collected and used throughout the property. Some water
is treated with reverse osmosis and minerals are added to create a healthy mineral water
for guests to enjoy. All used water is treated in the waste water treatment plant and used
for garden irrigation. Another full circle explaining sound environmental practices to the
local community.

Describe your approach in detail. How is it innovative?

Evason Phuket operates a resort with minimal negative impact on the environment
through energy conservation, water conservation and waste management. The resort tries
to maximize positive environmental impact through nature conservation, local
employment, local products, local suppliers and educational programmes. The Eco Trail
is innovative in that it takes use of the environmental practices done at the resort and educates the local community as well as guests in a practical way. Whereas many luxury
resorts try to hide the back-of-the-house areas, Evason Phuket is not afraid to showcase
the less beautiful parts of the resort in order for people to understand the importance of
environmental sustainability and how it can be achieved. The local community and guests
experience first hand insight in the types of challenges and efforts the resort has
undertaken to ensure sustainable operations.

What types of partnerships or professional development would be most beneficial in spreading your innovation?

Local schools and not-for-profit organizations are the ones who benefit the most from the
Eco Trail. It is a great resource for the schools to enlighten students with more than just
textbooks and class room teaching. It functions as an inspiration for the students to take
back ideas to implement in their school and home. One school has even given each
student their own bankbook in which they can earn money from separating waste and
selling it for recycling. This also benefits the poorer local contractors, which make a
living of buying in separated waste so that they can sell to recycling plants.

Impact
In one sentence describe what kind of impact, change, or reform your approach is intended to achieve.

Raise the awareness on the importance of environmental issues and practices, particularly
waste management.

Describe the degree of success of your approach to date. Clearly define how you measure quantitative and qualitative impact in terms of how your approach contributes to the sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How does your approach minimize negative impacts? 200 words or less

700 students and guests have completed the Eco Trail. In particular, it has inspired the
local community, through school children, to look into waste separation. As the
government does little about recycling, it is mainly driven by the private sector as it is an
important part of protecting the environment. It also benefits poorer local contractors,
which make a living of buying in separated waste that they can sell to recycling plants. It
is particularly important on an island setting like Phuket, which has a huge waste
problem. The island of Phuket produces an estimated 500 tonnes of waste per day with
only 250 tonnes being able to be burnt in the incinerator. With better separation, the
environment and natural heritage of Phuket Island will benefit enormously.

How does your program promote traveler enthusiasm, satisfaction, and engagement with the locale?

Local schools are actively approaching us to participate in the Eco Trail and are very
pleased with what they learn and experience. Phuket Municipality and the Incinerator are
also pleased to see school children being educated in waste separation. Recently the local
government has expressed interest in learning more about environmental management,
which the resort has been more than happy to share.

In what ways are local residents actively involved in your innovation, including participation and community input? How has the community responded to or benefited from your approach?

The Eco Trail promotes responsible tourism in a practical and fun way. It encourages
both guests and locals to think about long term impacts and how people can help to save
the environment.

Describe how your innovation helps travelers and local residents better understand the value of the area’s cultural and natural heritage, and educates them on local environmental issues. How do you motivate them to act responsibly in their future travel decisions?

Phuket is a destination that relies on its beautiful resources such as lovely beaches, clean
water, coral reefs, seafood and tropical forests. Unfortunately, there is pollution generated
from both travelers and local residents, through non-biodegradable waste such as plastic,
untreated waste water, overuse of fresh water, deforestation etc. Phuket as a destination is
in danger of loosing its appeal. With sound sustainable environmental practices one can
still enjoy the beauty of Phuket for many years to come.

Sustainability
Is your initiative financially and organizationally sustainable? If not, what is required to make it so? What is the potential demand for your innovation?

The resort is making a healthy profit whereby it is happy to share its information through
the Eco Trail for free. For this reason the Eco Trail innovation is sustainable and demand
is expected to grow as environment becomes more and more important on the world
agenda.

How is your initiative currently financed? If available, provide information on your finances and organization that could help others. Please list: Annual budget, annual revenue generated, size of part-time, full-time and volunteer staff.

The Eco Trail is financed through the resort and only requires Six Senses hosts
(employees) to conduct it.

What is your plan to expand your approach? Please indicate where/how you would like to grow or enhance your innovation, or have others do so.

The plan is to further develop it to become more interactive and to influence more people
on the island as well as visitors. Help from outside consultants and expert is being sought.

What are the main barriers you encounter in managing, implementing, or replicating your innovation? What barriers keep your program from having greater impact?

The main barrier is to have enough people with knowledge to conduct the Eco Trail. With
more knowledgeable people, more customized groups with smaller numbers could be
taken, resulting in more effective learning. Another challenge is for school children to
have the time to participate. The programme could potentially be taken a step further
where the resort actively goes out to help the local community and the government
implements sound environmental practices.

The Story
What is the origin of your innovation? Tell your story.

Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa follows Six Senses Resorts & Spas core purpose: “To
create innovative and enriching experiences in a sustainable environment.” The Resort
has developed an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on Green Globe 21
Company Standard and Six Senses Resorts & Spas’ Holistic Environmental Management
Programme. The EMS is a tool to monitor, control and improve both the resort’s positive
and negative environmental impacts. It is done on a routine basis daily, weekly, monthly
and yearly depending on issues. A Green Team monitors the impacts with further
responsibilities on each department. The EMS is guided by the resort’s sustainability
policy.

Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa’s main environmental concern is focused around energy
conservation, water conservation and waste management. Many measures have been put
in place to ensure operations in a sustainable environment as well as spreading the word
to the local community and guests through education.

Initially, all hosts have been educated through the Green Module, however, the resort felt
it was important to educate the local community as well. For this reason, the resort
decided to showcase it environmental practices through the Eco Trail.

The Eco Trail takes visitors on a journey through the heart-of-the-house of the resort.
Local school groups, the local community and guests are shown the environmental
practices of the resort and explained the importance and how they can help save the
environment. Features include Recycling Corner, chipping machine, bio-diesel plant,
composting area, Herb & Vegetable Garden, nursery, waste water treatment plant and
fresh water reservoir. At the Recycling Corner different bins are set up for visitors to physically sort through plastic bottles, cardboard, can etc. into the correct bin for
recycling. Benefits of recycling are explained and how it works through buying and
selling waste in Thailand as it is not government driven but private. Garden waste is
mixed with organic kitchen waste creating fertile soil, which is used in the Herb &
Vegetable Garden to produce fresh vegetables for the kitchen. Full circle. Rainwater is
collected and used throughout the property. Some water is treated with reverse osmosis
and minerals are added to create a health mineral water for guests to enjoy. All used
water is treated in the waste water treatment plant and used for garden irrigation. Another
full circle explaining sound environmental practices to the local community.

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Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa is a 260 room luxury resort operated by Six Senses
Resorts & Spas. Six Senses is a Resort and Spa Management and Development Company
established in 1995. Six Senses head quarters, or Hub, is located in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa is located at Rawai Beach on the south eastern side
of Phuket Island, Thailand. It is set amongst 64 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical
gardens, facing the Andaman Sea.

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The Evason Phuket Eco Trail takes visitors on a journey through the heart-of-the-house
of the resort. Local school groups, local communities and guests are shown the
environmental practices of the resort and explained the importance and how they can help
save the environment. Features include a Recycling Corner, chipping machine, bio-diesel
plant, composting area, Herb & Vegetable Garden, nursery, waste water treatment plant
and fresh water reservoir. At the Recycling Corner different bins are set up for visitors to
physically sort through plastic bottles, cardboard, can etc. into the correct bin for
recycling. Benefits of recycling are explained and how it works through buying and
selling waste in Thailand as it is not government driven but private. Garden waste is
mixed with organic kitchen waste creating fertile soil, which is used in the Herb &
Vegetable Garden to produce fresh vegetables for the kitchen. Full circle. Rainwater is
collected and used throughout the property. Some water is treated with reverse osmosis
and minerals are added to create a health mineral water for guests to enjoy. All used
water is treated in the waste water treatment plant and used for garden irrigation. Another
full circle explaining sound environmental practices to the local community.

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