Friday , March 1 2024

Saba steps up efforts as a green destination

Saba is continuing its efforts to become an even greener eco-tourism destination. The agreement that Saba Commissioner Bruce Zagers signed with Green Destinations certification agency in the Netherlands on Thursday serves to confirm that objective.

Saba Commissioner Bruce Zagers (right) signs the agreement with Green Destinations Director Albert Salman.(Photo The Daily Herald)

Some three years ago, Saba won a Green Destinations silver award, and now it wants to go for gold, and even platinum at a later stage. In the next two years, Green Destinations will actively support Saba in achieving this objective.

Saba is already in the Top 100 of Green Destinations, and the island wants to be in the future Top 10. Saba will keep working on becoming more sustainable in terms of further development as an eco-tourism destination, the use of solar power and improved waste recycling. “This is another opportunity to promote Saba as an eco­destination. It fits in what we already do,” Zagers told The Daily Herald on Friday. “We are already working on renewable energy, and the recycling efforts connect well with the standards of Green Destinations.”

The top 100 initiative aims to recognise tourism desti­nations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously. Saba was among the 100 win­ners that were announced during a special event in Portu­gal on World Tourism Day on September 25, 2017. An international jury and a panel which includes more than 60 tourism sustainability experts evaluate the extent with which the destination complies with the 15 core cri­teria of the Green Destinations standard. Bonaire is also on the top 100 list, as the only other Caribbean destina­tion besides Saba.

The Daily Herald.

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