What is an Ecolodge?

A couple of night ago I had a chance to talk with a group at the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society monthly meeting. We were talking about what makes an ecolodge “eco”. Here are my thoughts.

An ecolodge should have as one of its main principals “do no harm”. Serious effort should be made to minimize the impact on the natural setting and the local culture. The lodge should also be engaged with the community, hiring locally and working with community members to improve things for the community. That might mean helping to improve schools, helping with health issues or something as simple as organizing the shipping of a new church bell. Notice that there is a partnership here, the community has identified a need and the ecolodge is working with community members to resolve that need.

Ecolodges can come in many forms, but generally there should be a reason for that form. For instance, Kosrae Village is designed to replicate a pre-contact Kosraean village, because our partner, Madison Nena, was (and is) very concerned about the loss of traditional skills and knowledge on the island. Proximity is not enough. Generally a 5 star hotel build near an important natural or cultural site simply as a business proposition would not qualify as an ecolodge.

Besides being designed thoughtfully, ecolodges have a passionate concern about something, the environment, the local culture, the health and welfare of their community or something else, but there is always that passion.

I think that the key points here are that ecolodges are committed to and passionately involved with their world, while making every effort to have a light footprint in all ways.

This entry was posted in Kosrae Village and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to What is an Ecolodge?

  1. Kathrine says:

    Strange this post is totaly unrelated to what I was searching google for, but it was listed on the first page. I guess your doing something right if Google likes you enough to put you on the first page of a non related search.

  2. Thanks for this note – very timely for me. The guiding principles for an ecolodge are truly core principles for any operation in the islands that seeks to be “green.” A few of use at the college are working on a policy framework for “green campuses” at the college, your words are sage advice. Minimal impact on the local environment and culture, active outreach, and a “do no harm” approach must be woven into the heart of any policy crafted here at the college. Kulo mululahp!

  3. Was looking for this – so I just tweeted your site on our account – thanks

  4. Tom Tajalle says:

    Amen…..Eco is life in traditions, culture and nature and most importantly people….

  5. Great article. Waiting for more.

  6. Kathrin Giuliano says:

    I was very pleased to seek out this web-site.I wished to thanks to your time for this wonderful learn!! I definitely enjoying each little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you weblog post.

  7. Burton Haynes says:

    Hey There. I discovered your blog the use of msn. That is a very well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info. Thank you for the post. I will certainly return.

  8. Catnip says:

    I just added your RSS Feed on my RSS reader, it is so nice to read your blog.