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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 high cost of maintenance, we use government electrical supply for 12 hours daily with back up from our in-house generators for our power requirements.
2. At night lighting is supplied by kerosene oil lamps in the garden and along the corridors, recycled cooking oil lamps in the restaurant and lounge area to provide a cozy ambience. We use energy saving bulbs in all rooms.
3. All hot water is supplied by 4 units of solar hot water heaters throughout the year.
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 the Gecko Lounge and Gomantong Hall to allow for impeded airflow to minimize energy usage and maximize day time cooling.
     
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WATER USAGE
1. Our Lodge is also 100% self-sufficient on water. Rainwater is harvested, filtered and chlorinated for kitchen and guest use.
2. Hot water is supplied by 4 units of 78.69 gallons of Crystal solar heating systems.
3. 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.
4. 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 Sukau for disposal and recycling
2. Please help us and dispose of your rubbish in appropriate 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. For this reason we do not encourage the use of television and radio.
2. Our boats are equipped with electric motors and four stroke engines which are used when we move among wildlife sensitive areas to minimize noise and air pollution and to provide additional comfort to the passengers.
     
   
SAFETY & CLEANLINESS
1. For your own safety, wear a life jacket at all times when on your river cruises.
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. Do not eat foods, sweets or drink beverages in your room as this will attract insects.
     
   
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 five feet 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 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 for the migration of Borneo Pygmy elephants through the property.
3. An open concept is adopted for Gecko lounge, Gomantong Hall and Melapi restaurant to allow for unrestrained air circulation and ventilation, minimize the use of fans.
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. If possible we try to provide employment opportunities for the local community. The wooden boats, jetty, plank walks, open deck, wall panelling, wooden benches and deck tables/chairs are all testimony of their capabilities.
2. 80% of our staff are locals. Senior staff were recruited from outside to transfer their skills to the locals and to provide for consistent services.
Most of the local staff could not speak English when they joined us, we have instituted training and brought overseas tourism student interns to help them understand the cultures and needs of the tourists, to develop communication skill and speak English. A few staff have been sent for nature guide training. We hope we have trained them to run the Lodge to your expectation and maximized their natural ability as wildlife spotters for the river cruises and jungle walks.
The management also encourages ongoing personal development including book reading and a mentoring program that provides leadership training for local staff.
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 profit society, Sukau Ecotourism Research and Development Centre SERDC (renamed Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies BEST Society) has organized many projects including supplying of over 50 water tanks to local families, three medical camps and the ongoing Kinabatangan wildlife corridor rehabilitation project (KWICORP).

SRL sets aside RM4.00 and BET also donates RM8.00 for every international guest (totalling RM50, 000.00/ USD 16,400 annually) who stays at the lodge in addition to donations from guests. We started collecting of RM 20 per guest for Conservation Levy in 2009 for the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Tourism Operators Association (KiTA) and BEST Society to enhance conservation on the Kinabatangan.

From 1996 to 2012, we have raised RM 1,024,738.85 and spent RM 835,891.07 for various projects. Details of donations and projects are available from the Lodge Manager or on our website at www.bestsociety.org .
     
   
EDUCATION & INTERPRETATION
1. An information gallery on the local flora and fauna has been set up to provide education for in-house guests and our naturalist guides provide additional interpretation of the rainforest around the Hornbill Boardwalk. A self guided booklet and free handbook on Kinabatangan Floodplain is also available in the room. Information about Conservation Fellows who have contributed to the conservation of the Kinabatangan region is also available in the room. A free pictorial colour guide of wildlife of Sabah is also made available to all guests.

Additional information is available in our publication "Saving Paradise - The Story of Sukau Rainforest Lodge".