Cala Lodge seeks to be the leading hotel in providing tourism that promotes natural and cultural experiences hand in hand with the integral growth of the community.
Cala Lodge is a family lodging business that allows close up contact with nature at the facilities and that facilitates and promotes visitation of Conservation Areas, learning about the Cloud Forest, and boosts the integral development of the Monteverde community.
Importance of Sustainability
Why is sustainability important?
Lately, the term “sustainable development” has gained great relevance in political, economic, and social language worldwide. In simple terms, sustainable development refers to a type of development that uses the available resources in the present, without compromising their existence in the future.
This sounds fairly simple, however, its implications are enormous and here we will see why it is important…
Population growth worldwide has grown exponentially and the rhythm does not seem to be slowing down, especially not in developing countries. Also, consumption patterns of these populations are growing, demanding an even larger number of goods that ultimately come from natural resources.
Added to this pressure on natural resources is the impact that the industrial and agricultural processes have on the environment. In many cases, bad practices in processes damage vital resources like water, forests, and the earth, which regenerate at a slower rhythm than they are being used. All of this has an impact on humans and steps must be taken to face it in the best way possible. It is here where the concept of sustainable development goes from being a theory to practice.
Recommendations of Sustainable Tours
- Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
- Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
- Curi-Cancha Reserve
- Children’s Eternal Rainforest
- El Cafetal Coffee Tour
Cala Lodge’s Efforts
At Cala Lodge we have strived to offer high quality in our lodging services, always working hand in hand with nature and its conservation; beyond the concept, it is a lifestyle that we identify with. The most important thing for us is the conservation and development of the Monteverde area, so we are working on projects such as:
- Certification for Sustainable Tourism
- Blue Flag Ecological Program
- Children’s Eternal Rainforest Conservation Program
- Monteverde Community Fund
- The Monteverde Community Fund’s Monteverde Footprints
Cala Lodge is a business with responsible Sustainability processes, whose objective is to work amicably with the environment, hand in hand with the development of the community, and toward sustainable development.
As part of our Sustainability Policies, the following are mentioned:
- Cala Lodge respects the environmental and tourist regulations of Costa Rica and reports any source of contamination in areas where the tourism industry operates.
- We work with sustainable processes detailed in the manuals at every stand in the hotel
- The providers that we use are mostly local producers
- The cleaning products and the amenities that the hotel uses are certified biodegradable
- When we hire contractors, we try to select workers that tend to work in harmony with the environment and use sustainable practices or that are willing to work within these guidelines and what is in the manuals about sustainability processes.
- Cala Lodge is against poaching or indiscriminate hunting of any species, especially endangered species.
- Cala Lodge reports extraction, captivity, and illegal trade of flora and fauna.
- Cala Lodge supports small and medium producers, artists, and local businesses to promote development in the Monteverde area.
- Cala Lodge is against artificial wildlife feeders near the hotel facilities.
- We use an energy and water saving program with the main goal of using these resources responsibly.
- Cala Lodge is against the sexual abuse of children and human trafficking.
- We promote culture and art by offering local artists a space to display their artwork in the hotel’s facilities.
|Environmental Organic Law||No. 7554 of the 4th of October, 1995||Strives to provide the legal tools needed to achieve a healthy and ecologically balanced environment|
|Biodiversity Law||No. 7788 of the 30th of April, 1998||Its purpose is the conservation and sustainable use of the resources and elements of biodiversity that are under state sovereignty and the fair distribution of the benefits and costs that derive from it, as well as regulate its use, its management and associated knowledge, promoting the participation of social sectors and creating public awareness about its use.|
|Forestry Law||No. 7575 of the 13th of February, 1996||Ensure conservation, protection, and administration of natural forests and the production, use, industrialization, and promotion of natural resources based on the principal of adequate use and sustainability of the forest resource, to achieve an increase in and generation of employment and elevate the quality of rural life.|
|Law on Conservation of Wildlife||No. 7317||Hunting, fishing, extracting, transferring, exporting, and importing of continental or insular endangered species or species with a reduced population of fauna and flora is prohibited, as well as its products or sub products, with the exception of reproduction held in nurseries or greenhouses authorized by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC by its Spanish acronym), and of the exploitation of flora and its endangered, not declared products, and in forests under forest management plans, and of those species authorized by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).|
|Water Law||No. 276 of the 27th of August, 1942||Establishes two categories of water, those in public domain and those in private domain. The former require a concession for their use from the Department of Water of the Ministry of Environment and Energy.|
|Law for Integrated Waste Management||No. 8839||To guarantee the right of each person to have a healthy and ecologically balanced environment through the promotion, creation, and improvement of public and private infrastructure necessary for the selective pick up, transportation, gathering, storage, valuation, treatment, and final disposal of waste.|
|Convention on Biological Diversity United Nations||5th of June, 1992 in Río de Janeiro and was ratified by Costa Rica by the law No. 7416 of the 30th of June, 1994||Assures efficient international action to stop the disappearance of biological species, the destruction of habitats, and the destruction of ecosystems through sustainable development. In addition, seeks fair and equal participation in the benefits that result from the use of genetic resources, promotes adequate access to resources, and the transfer of technology.|
|United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change||“World Summit” (Río de Janeiro, 1992). Ratified by Costa Rica by means of the law No. 7414 of the 13th of June, 1994.||Arose as a result of the global concern for climate change due to the emission of greenhouse gases. It proposes that each state should enact effective and efficient environmental laws to confront climate change.|
|Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer||Vienna, Austria the 22nd of May, 1985 and ratified by Costa Rica by means of the law No. 7228 of the 6th of May, 1991.||Seeks the protection of human health and the environment against adverse effects that damage the ozone layer.|
|Regulations on the Rational Use of Energy||Law No. 7447||Consolidates the participation of the State in the promotion and the gradual execution of the rational energy use program. Additionally, it proposes establishing mechanisms to achieve the efficient use of energy and to substitute them when it suits the country, taking into consideration the protection of the environment.|
|Conservation Management and Use of Soils Law||No. 7779 of April 30th, 1998||Applies all measures and practices for recuperation of soils.|