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Sustainable Tourism

We at Sundarban Eco Resort have pledged our time, funds and hearts to preserving this beautiful area surrounding our eco lodge. We believe that we have the duty to not only use our surroundings for our own comfort and convenience, but also to respect, foster and protect that environment.

We believe that there is an interdependence of human beings and nature, and that our actions must try to reflect that symbiotic relationship. In this spirit, we have plans to create Save Sundar, which is an environmentally focused program for our staff and our guests that strives to provide education and guidance for ways in which we can lessen our negative impact on the mangrove environment and actually create positive habits and procedures for a more sustainable and renewable relationship with our natural environment. Here are some of the ways that we are trying to implement these ideas:


  • Providing forums for guests to learn about local conservation, wildlife programs & general information about mangrove forests
  • Providing guidelines for workers regarding recycling at the lodge and in their own homes
  • Educating staff on hunting and conservation of natural resources
  • Sponsoring/promoting eco-health & awareness of the need to keep mangrove pristine & natural by sponsoring cleanups
  • Hosting interns from around the world in order for them to learn about sustainable tourism
  • Exposing guests to local culture such as local dance, local crafts, and reading materials about the area

Waste Management

  • Reusing building materials from previous structures for new constructions whenever possible
  • Providing receptacles and transportation to recycling center of plastic, aluminum, and glass for staff and guests
  • Recycling of paper, envelopes, packing materials, newspapers and anything feasible to recycle
  • Reusing fresh food scraps as compost for our gardens

Low or Zero Impact Practices

  • Implementation of a constructed wetlands filtration system for processing of grey water
  • Use of organic compost as fertilizer
  • Construction with mainly bamboo and plantation grown wood
  • Biodegradable soaps and cleaning products used whenever possible
  • Drainages around lodge created with erosion control measures and plantings
  • Reduce number or vehicles/boats going to town by combining guest transfers when possible
  • Creation of reusable bags for transport of laundry and etc to and from town
  • Provide signage in cabinas asking for guest cooperation in reducing water use, power use and unnecessary sheet/towel washing
  • Participation with the Bangladesh Tourism in their Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST), a program meant to protect the country’s cultural and natural treasures through responsible tourism.

Alternative Energy

  • Creation of most of lodge power with micro-hydro and solar system
  • Implementation of low power consuming LED & compact florescent light bulbs for fixed lights & flashlights
  • Use of non-chemical ionizing system and solar run pool pump for the pool maintenance

Focus on Local Community

  • Cooking with local ingredients
  • Preparing local dishes and typical food as a way to encourage local Bangladeshi culture and traditions
  • Buying majority of food supplies locally
  • Buying/cooking with organically grown food when possible
  • Hiring of mostly locals for staff
  • Selling primarily locally or nationally crafted souvenirs in our shop
  • Hosting a local artisan once a week to display and sell her work directly to our guests

Support & Participation

  • Hosting of Annual Science Meeting of Friends of the Sundarban
  • Active participation in Friends of the Sundarban and their related projects
  • Donations to multiple projects by local and international organizations focused mostly on community development and mangrove conservation.

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