|The Bergendal Eco & Cultural River Resort is being developed in accordance with good sustainable tourism practices and eco-friendly guidelines, which are followed at every stage including the planning, development and implementation stage and in responsible promotion. Sustainability principles worldwide refer to the environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development which need to be managed in a responsible way in order to guarantee long term sustainability. The Berg en Dal Project is surrounded by contracted specialized ecotourism consultants, subcontractors and very important partners who guide the entire process in all different areas of sustainability.|
The vast diversity in flora and fauna in the area, as well as the culture and traditions of the locals inhabiting the impact area of the project, are two of the most important resources counted on for the entire Project. These resources are treated with the utmost respect and great effort is being invested in their conservation and preservation through a range of different programs.
An Environmental Management System for the Project has been drawn up and put in place to monitor the impact of the resort and its tourism activities on the natural and cultural environments. Conservation will not only be important in an operational sense, for example in the treatment of waste and residual water, but also in an educational sense in order to increase respect and awareness for the area’s great natural biodiversity, the unique cultural diversity and its valuable national heritage, amongst all visitors, employees and locals.
Furthermore, with the rehabilitation and responsible management of the Heritage Village, an important part of Suriname’s national heritage will be protected and made available to many current and future generations to come.
Local communities are important stakeholders in the project and great opportunities with regards to training, employment, small business development and supply chain possibilities are being created for the people of the Berg en Dal area, allowing them to partake in and benefit from the economic development which will come about.
The Bergendal Eco & Cultural River Resort is a very important agent of change to the tourism industry, the development of ecotourism in Suriname, and for the local communities. It is expected to create 100 new employment positions in the job market of which 70 are full time positions, many of them filled by employees from the surrounding villages.
Each and every stakeholder of the Bergendal Project is an important contributor and a potential benefactor of the positive social and economic spin off created by its projected successes.
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