Green Apple Award is handed out in London today November 11th.

After careful consideration, Basecamp Explorer has been selected to receive the 2016 Green Apple Best Practice Awards at The Houses of Parliament, London on Friday November 11th, 2016. The Award applies to Basecamp Afforestation Project at Talek River in Masai Mara. The forest counter about 80 000 trees today.

The Norwegian owned Basecamp Explorer Group www.basecampexplorer.com runs at selected places with locations from the North Pole, to the Equator, based on the ”triple bottom line”: People + Planet + Profit. Since 1997, the group has grown to nine unique camps, hotels and lodges in Masai Mara and Spitsbergen. The group hosts a variety of adventure-based tours, activities, safaris and expeditions with guests from around the world. In 2016 we will accomplish 40,000 adventures on personal level.

Since its establishment, Basecamp Explorer has focused on innovative sustainable technology, operation, design, architecture, sensations and storytelling and work closely with local communities to provide employment and sustainable development at the destination. Read more about our projects basecampexplorer.com/stories/do-good

WHAT IS GRUVE 3 FOREST?

What does a historical mine close to the North Pole and the tree planting project at Basecamp Masai Mara have in common? In summer 2015, Basecamp Spitsbergen got a wonderful opportunity to open a new location in Longyearbyen. Norwegian state owned mining company, Store Norske, was looking for a partner to open one of their old mines for tourism. Basecamp handed in an inspirational plan that got everyone excited – even locals in Kenya. Basecamp promised to donate one tree for each quest visiting the mine in Spitsbergen. These trees would be planted in the tree plantation at Basecamp Masai Mara – in a new forest area called Gruve 3 forest. This was to not only compensate the fly mileage up to Spitsbergen, but also balance the coal mining done in Gruve 3. To kick of the project Basecamp Spitsbergen donated the first 60 trees to the project and today we have planted more than 5,000 trees through the Gruve 3 Forest Project.


THE GREEN ORGANISATION

The green orgaisation has been established since 1994 as an international, independent, non-profit, non-political, non-activist environment group, dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

THE GREEN APPLE ENVIRONMENT AWARDS

The Green Apple Awards campaign was one of the first to be accepted by Britain’s RSA Environmental Awards Forum as meeting the high standards and criteria to be approved as an automatic conduit into the Brussels-led European Business Awards for the Environment. It is still one of the few schemes that has this honor. Read more www.thegreenorganisation.info/homepage/


We are very pleased to receive the award and Green Apple Award here in London today November 11th 2016 together with the very best companies and organizations within sustainable trade – and tourism worldwide.

For additional questions please contact Brita Knutsen Dahl, Chairman of Basecamp Spitsbergen AS at brita@basecampexplorer.com or tel. 911 92 671.

See also our attachment on Do Good and selected projects in Masai Mara Kenya in close cooperation with Basecamp.