Describe the degree of success you have had to date. How do you measure, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the impact on sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How has it transformed or contributed to the power of place or demonstrated the sustainability of tourism? How does your approach minimize negative impacts?
Eco-tourism has become a misused catch word to promote many projects that are not at all sustainable and in fact have a very negative impact on the environment and community; the many resorts across the country are prime examples. Our project was initiated through our love and passion for nature and desire to help conserve it by raising awareness. This project has demonstrated that tourism can be sustainable. We can measure the impact on sustainability and enhancement of the environment by following the development of the local surroundings and our 25 acre farm. With the help of naturalist colleagues and friends we have been documenting the biodiversity here and we are seeing a definite increase in the numbers of amphibians, reptiles and even birds recorded here. The other way we can measure our success is through feedback from our guests and that has been very positive. Negative impacts are minimized by limited size, eco-friendly design and construction of the cottages, use of alternate energy, recycling of waste and total elimination of plastic bottled water.