When you travel with the Silver Series, you can be assured we are committed to not only ensuring you have the best possible experience on the Great Barrier Reef, but also of our dedication to the long term sustainability and conservation of this incredible natural wonder of the world.
Silver Series is proudly accredited with Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Certification, and recognised as a High Standard Operator by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) committed to sustainability and conservation. Our crew are actively engaged in research and monitoring, including collecting data for GBRMPA’s Eye on the Reef program.
Silver Series Onboard Eco Tip…
Recycle and/or refill your drink container from the onboard water fountain.
Silver Series, part of the Quicksilver Group, has held Climate Action accreditation since 2008. What this means is that the company has proactively undertaken adaptations and emissions reduction, and audits and measures our carbon footprint. From phasing out single-use plastics to coral nurturing programs and emissions reduction, you can join us in becoming Reef Ambassadors and learn more about the Quicksilver Group’s Environmental Stewardship.
What is ecotourism?
Under Ecotourism Australia’s Eco Certification Program, Ecotourism is defined as: ” Ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.”
Advanced Ecotourism is awarded to Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
The Eco Certification Program
The Eco Certification Program operates as a self-funding, not-for-profit program, with a Management Committee overseeing an Audit and Assessment Panel, which are chaired by a person independent of Ecotourism Australia. Credibility with industry, communities and travellers is at the heart of the Eco Certification Program. This is maintained through:
A rigorous assessment process including referees (one of whom must be a protected area manager)
Review and updating of criteria every three years to reflect emerging best practice
Feedback from customers of accredited operators
Audits of operators, including an on-site audit on the entire set of the Eco Certification Program criteria at some stage during the period of accreditation.
Climate Action, how can we all help?
Greenhouse gas emissions are produced from using electricity, from the fuel in our cars and from using products that require fuel and electricity. Increased concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for climate change.
One of the main things we can do as individuals is to reduce our carbon footprint. This could be as simple as choosing energy efficient products and lights, switching off appliances at the wall when not in use, switching to green energy and recycling.
We can also all play a part in improving water quality and being aware of what goes into our waterways. Choose biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning and household products.
As an individual we may not think our actions worthwhile, but collectively, we can all make a difference!