Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris
Ecotourism & Conservation in Bhutan
By traveling with Cheesemans’ to Bhutan, you directly support the ecotourism industry, broader conservation efforts, and the local communities. Our local operator is committed to using locally owned lodges and suppliers, so you can feel confident that your tourism dollars stay in Bhutan to benefit its people and ecosystems. Further, the taxes paid by our operator and the $200 daily visitor Sustainable Development Fee go directly towards offsetting the carbon impact of tourism as well providing free healthcare and education for Bhutan’s citizens.
Bhutan’s ecotourism industry benefits the region economically and environmentally. Hishey Tshering, our local operator, is an ardent conservationist. He previously worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature and continues to raise funds for and supports programs focusing on safe-guarding biodiversity, respecting local culture, and providing sustainable income-generation through ecotourism. In addition, Hishey is the chairman of Bhutan Birdlife Society, which is a grassroots-level organization created by enthusiastic birders to maintain the bird data through an App called Epicollect5. This App releases a monthly journal on the status and distribution of birds in Bhutan. Day-to-day, Hishey sets a positive example for other operators by eliminating plastic usage by providing tanks of purified water on buses for reusable water bottles. In addition, his hotel in Yongkhola (Trogon Village) provides filtered water and soaps without packaging. In broad and seemingly small ways, your travel to Bhutan with Cheesemans’ prioritizes sustainability.
How Can You Make A Difference?
How You Can Actively Contribute
- Give a talk about your experience to a local wildlife or nature group or host a virtual webinar to reach a much wider audience!
- Post your experiences on social media so others can learn more.
- Submit a written, video, or audio testimonial for Cheesemans’ to share with future travelers.
- Support local vendors if you buy memorabilia to take home.
- Bring a reusable water bottle to refill rather than accepting plastic bottles.
- Ask for the lodging to not replace your towels or bedding during multiple night stays.
- Turn off lights and fans when leaving your room.
- Bring biodegradable soap to save waterways. This can also help minimize plastic bottle waste by reducing the number of bottles hotels provide (although many hotels are switching to dispensers in the bathrooms.).
Organizations You Can Support
Royal Society for the Protection of Nature – This organization seeks to educate and inspire active involvement in conservation of the Kingdom’s environment through a variety of programs including Black-Necked Crane Conservation, White-Bellied Heron Conservation, Waste Management for Human Health and Environment, Climate Change, Argo-Ecological Farming, River for Life, Water for Livelihoods, Wetland Conservation, Community-based Sustainable Tourism, Eco-Restoration, and Environmental Education for Change.
Bhutan Birdlife Society – This grassroots, citizen’s science organization collects and maintains data of birds through an application called Epicollect5. They release a monthly journal conveying the status and distribution of birds in Bhutan.
Bhutan Toilet Organization – This organization seeks to make clean and safe toilets accessible for all people by raising public awareness and promoting volunteerism. They provide different toileting and handwashing services for events, schools, highway stops, and camping, as well as options for individuals who are confined to their rooms and/or beds.