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Amber Collection launches Amber Preserve

The Marina and Flow houseboats, part of the Amber Collection, Sri Lanka
The Marina and Flow houseboats, part of the Amber Collection, Sri Lanka

Amber Preserve is series of environmental and sustainable initiatives being implemented at all Amber Collection Properties: Flow - Luxury River cruises in Sri Lanka, The Marina – A Private Marina and Watersports Center and Palmstone Retreat – Your Secluded Jungle Hideaway

“Our initiative prioritizes three key pillars. Pillar one is minimizing our carbon footprint in the short term while aiming to be carbon positive in the next five years, through improved operational efficiencies, reduced wastage and investments in areas of concern, an official from Amber Collection said.

The second pillar focuses on highlighting, protecting and promoting the nature, ecology and wildlife of our locales followed by the third consisting of co-habitation, co-operation and uplifting of the local communities we work with. At a group level, The Amber Collection which is a part of the Debug Group of Companies has invested in over 150 megawatts of renewable energy both locally and internationally.

“Our Flow river cruises which introduces a new and unique hospitality experience to Sri Lanka contains state of the art Bio Septic waste water treatment system that is a compact sewage treatment plant that safely processes all household waste water and recycles it as clear odourless water which is then pumped out to land to irrigate the garden.”

At the heart of our Go Green Organizational culture is the elimination of single use plastics that are kept to a bare minimum and recycled in a responsible manner and wherever possible plastic is being replaced with more environmentally friendly alternatives with priority given to the use of recycled materials and goods.

Under the expert guidance of our full-time senior naturalist, Ajantha Palihawadana we are continuously documenting and creating literature for reference on the wildlife and habitats surrounding our properties which will be released free of charge to locals and education institutes to teach them about the environment.”

The Amber Collection is currently in the process of implementing a mangrove rehabilitation and restoration program at The Flow and The Marina properties which guests can also partake in.

Another study conducted by the team in the rainforests of the Kithulgala region surrounding Palmstone Retreat identified an additional 7 endemic birds bringing the total species of endemic birds spotted in the area to 18. Unique nature interpretation trips such as bird watching, waterfall walks with highlights on fauna and flora and hikes to the prehistoric Belilena Cave draw attention and increased awareness to the local biodiversity.

“The Amber Collection places and emphasis on improving and uplifting the livelihoods of our locals by sourcing local produce, hiring and upskilling local employees.”

 


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