Papatura is proud of our environmental stand. Papatura is a base for tourism throughout Santa Isabel and encourage all villages to look at village stays as a future sustainable income instead of logging and commercial fishing.
On the island we recycle all products possible, this means we pay to ship them as well as our rubbish back to Honiara where they can be disposed of effectively.
When starting out we spoke with industry leaders about the toilet systems and decided the enviro loos where the best way to go, everything is broken down and turned into compost which is spread throughout the rainforest just like leaf litter.
Turtle Release program. Just like other emerging Pacific Island nations with growing populations, the Solomon Islands are quickly depleting their natural resources to provide basic necessities - including schools and clinics. Sedimentation from logging, overfishing, and destructive fishing practices is impacting the marine environment.
As at ! Sep 2016 guests have released over 300 turtles, these are brought from the local villages that would normally eat them. We are educating them about the importance of protect these vulnerable seas creatures.
We are tagging and collecting data to give to TNC who passes this info on the headquarters in Samoa.
After a quick photo we release over 90% of the river fish caught in the 3 local rivers using fish friendly release net. All other catches feed guests or are sent to the villages for consumption.
Pete from Papatura Island Retreat in Santa Isabel had a major concern with the empty aluminium cans from his resort and every village he entered had a ugly stockpile laying around. Pete said “It was unsightly and normally surrounded by flies and can cause on going health issues”
“Our freight to the island is carried successfully by IBC, so I approached their GM, Kathy Nori and asked could they carry the bags of crushed cans back to Honiara free of charge” .. and she agreed, providing there was a good reason.
Charity was the first thing to come to mind and the idea snowballed from there…
After speaking to Mrs Judy Kirchner from BJS, she wanted the crushed cans but getting the bags was difficult. Mr Andy Hewson GM of Solbrew and his staff were staying at Papatura, I told him about our dilemma, Andy offered straight away some of the many yeast bags used by Solbrew.
So after Papatura purchased 10 or so can crushers from Bunnings, a large hardware chain in Australia, 1 was given to the Baolo Primary School and the students asked to gather the cans throughout the village and start crushing.
This was their first cheque for $1,280.00
We have 2 can crushers operating now at Buala and 1 has gone to Kia, if any other schools would like to keep their village clean, call Pete at Papatura or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will gladly get a crusher to you. The cans must be crushed for BJS to receive them.
Kilo School project