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Page 16 • MICEBTN - August-September 2018 BALI, INDONESIA BALI, INDONESIA It’s official: Waterbom is certified as carbon neutral - and guests are invited to donate to its initiatives A CORE mission of Waterbom Bali has been to reduce its environ- mental footprint and it now has become the first tourism operator in Bali to be recognised as carbon neutral. Over the past 18 months, Waterbom has worked closely with environmental consulting group Mantra to quantify the improve- ments that have reduced its carbon footprint and the impact of its operations on the local environment . With a focus on the key areas of water conservation, energy and waste reduction, robust and sustainable improvements have been implemented across the business. Waterbom Bali is now taking re- sponsibility for both its direct and indirect contribution to carbon emissions. Using guidelines from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, an initiative facilitated by the World Resource Institute and World Business Council For Sustainable Development, the emissions of Water- bom’s activities have been measured and quantified including: - Direct Emissions resulting from activities in its control such as burning fuels in the kitchens, wastewater treatment and transport . - Indirect emissions that are outside of its control such as from electricity use, employee commuting and waste sent to recycling or landfill. Now, following a full audit and assessment of its total carbon emissions, Waterbom Bali has invested in a Certified Emissions Reduction Project approved by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Waterbom Bali’s investment is go- ing direct to the Jorethang Loop Hydroelectric Project in Sikkim, India. This project will produce emissions-free energ y that will replace energ y from non-renewable fossil fuels in the area. Also, some 24.7 hectares of greenbelt around the reservoir will be developed to reduce soil erosion, while reforesting will occur on 4,000 hectares of degraded land and a recharge well network will be developed.. These are long term, self-sustaining solutions to important envi- ronmental and social issues. Guests at Waterbom Bali are invited to donate their wristband’s deposit for direct investments into the abovementioned programs. Marriott to open Flores Courtyard Labuan Bajo MARRIOTT International is to open a 158-room Courtyard brand hotel on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Located in Labuan Bajo, the new hotel will be close to Komodo Airport (Komodo National Park is home to the legendary Komodo dragons). The new property, which is scheduled to open in 2021, will have meeting facilities, swimming pools, a fitness centre and restaurants.