Exodus Travels is once again demonstrating their dedication to putting Nature First. Having already made a commitment to the earth by setting out to halve their carbon footprint by 2030, rewild 100 square meters of land per passenger, and to compensate for all trip and flight emissions, the award-winning specialist adventure tour operator has a new goal of becoming Nature Net Positive by 2024.
The focus of this initiative will be to reduce the negative impacts of travel, including carbon emissions, waste and pollution, and ecosystem exploitation, and seek to outweigh these impacts with efforts to restore nature wherever possible, as part of their promise to the planet.
“Our global society is waking up to the reality that we’re not just facing a climate crisis, but accelerated biodiversity loss – and the two exacerbate each other,” says Sam Seward, President of Exodus Travels. “As a business we want to acknowledge our responsibility to not only minimise our negative impacts, but proactively support the conservation and restoration of our natural world. The launch of our partnership with Rewilding Europe earlier this year was our first step. Now we’re making our Nature Net Positive commitment, in order to start taking concrete, measurable steps towards ensuring our adventures give more back to nature than they take.”
As part of the Nature First commitment Exodus Travels is launching a new partnership with NatureMetrics and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), supporting the innovative initiative, eBioAtlas. The eBioAtlas aims to monitor biodiversity in different areas around the world, in order to map the distribution of various species and contribute to global knowledge of ecosystems through genetics and cutting-edge technology.
From 2023, Exodus Travels, a Nature First Tour Operator, will enable their travelers to collect samples on their trips, to help support conservation action and inform world biodiversity policy. The sample-taking process is based on the fact that species leave traces of their DNA in different environments, such as waterways, wetlands and forests. Using the innovative eDNA technique, it is possible to know the species present in different ecosystems, as well as their migration habits. Kasia Morgan, Head of Sustainability, Exodus Travels, commented, “We are delighted to be establishing a partnership with NatureMetrics and IUCN in support of the innovative eBioAtlas project. As an adventure travel company with a mission to improve life for people, places and planet, we’re excited to work with NatureMetrics in equipping our clients to collect freshwater samples on their global adventures, enabling us to use our business model to contribute towards this crucial work for the long-term conservation and restoration of biodiversity.”