Our Commitment to the Environment
Living and working here, our team is acutely aware of their individual and collective responsibilities as custodians of one of the last remaining natural island eco-systems in the world. Every day we strive to operate in a more sustainable way to bring you the maximum in comfort, with the least impact to our environment. We try to use natural resources as much as possible by using food which grows naturally on the estate including grapefruit, lemons, limes and avocados. We have our own kitchen garden full of organic fresh vegetables and herbs which are seeded in the nursery until they are ready to be planted in the garden including cauliflower, cabbage, aubergine, onion, cucumber, celery, carrot, broccoli, spinach, tomato, chive, cilantro, basil and chilli. Growing our own produce reduces the amount of carbon emissions that would be generated by delivery trucks and boats carrying imported goods. We encourage you to visit the kitchen garden and you are welcome to choose your own vegetables to accompany your meal. And if you fancy pottering in the garden, do let us know – there is always plenty to do and room for expansion!
Although the Islands are surrounded by water, fresh water is scarce and there is no piped-water supply to the highlands. To reduce our reliance on desalinated water generated by diesel fuel, we have introduced a rain water collection system with filters and storage which greatly reduces our reliance on deliveries of fresh water by road. We are planning to add a second water collection point and to eliminate the need for water deliveries altogether.
We are constantly looking for other ways we can minimise the impact on our environment. Other initiatives include recycling all waste and using biodegradable products. One of our most popular programs is the reforestation project or “Plant-a-Tree program” here on the estate which is one of the few places where the rare Miconia plant thrives. Guests are invited to clear a small patch of ground, prepare the soil and plant a young tree of an endemic species on the Royal Palm Estate. In return we will make a plaque with your choice of wording which you can locate by your tree.
Social responsibility is not just about the land and environment; supporting the local community is a powerful way of ensuring the future protection of the Galapagos. As these islands move toward a sustainable society, Royal Palm has invested in improving a local school in the nearby small rural town of Santa Rosa; has supported the development of a gastronomy elective at the main high school, held fundraising events for local projects and encouraged arts and culture through our Artist-in-Residence project. We are very aware of the responsibility we have to contribute to keeping this pristine paradise safe and to help build a sustainable future with the people who call these Islands “home.”
The Royal Palm is proud to be working in partnership with the Galapagos Conservancy. We donate a percentage of profits on rooms sold to support the Galapagos Conservancy’s broader conservation programs and we encourage you to also support them in preserving these remarkable islands. We share the philosophy that long-term protection of Galapagos requires an economic system that is compatible with protecting the unique wildlife, marine life, bird life and landscapes. By introducing an educational system that prepares the local community to be stewards of their surroundings, we hope to create a strong civil society dedicated to and engaged in Galapagos conservation.