is the first such attraction in the Caribbean
to attain Green Globe Certification; a highly regarded measurement in the travel,
tourism and hospitality industry.
Through its participation in the
Cayman Islands Environmental Project for the Tourism Sector, a joint pilot project between the
Departments of Tourism and Environment and the tourism private sector, the Botanic Park had to apply 133 standards, implement
several environmental best practices and a detailed third party audit to attain
Andrew Guthrie, general manager of the Botanic Park,
feels that the new certification will enhance the already existing green
initiatives being implemented in the facility.
“The Queen Elizabeth
Park is extremely pleased
to have received Green Globe Certification,” Mr. Guthrie said. “The Botanic Park has always been a green facility
and the certification process has made us look at all of our practices and
procedures to see where improvements could be made. These changes have enabled
the Botanic Park to become even more ecologically
sound which furthers our conservation goals.”
The environmental best practices
implemented included installation of a drip irrigation system and high efficiency
toilets to reduce water consumption, the use of recyclable paper and the
disposing of garden waste onsite.
Other establishments undergoing the
process for Green Globe Certification include Cobalt Coast Resort and Compass
Point Dive Resort in Grand Cayman; and Little Cayman Beach Resort and Southern
Cross Club in Little Cayman.