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you think­ing of go­ing green? De­vel­op­ing an eco-re­sort or an al­ter­na­tive busi­ness with a fo­cus on con­ser­va­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment, sus­tain­abil­ity and main­tain­ing ecofriendly prac­tices is a no­ble goal.

Just as you imag­ine, build­ing an eco-busi­ness re­quires re­search, plan­ning and hard work.

Here’s eight lessons we at Ceningan divers have learned while trans­form­ing our le­gacy in­fra­struc­tures into an eco-re­sort.

This is where most of us get stuck. We may sub­scribe to green-ide­olo­gies, but we’re un­sure about how to move for­ward as we have not yet taken that step to turn our ideas into a re­al­ity

Grad­u­ally you com­mit to be­com­ing an eco-busi­ness, you read about suc­cess­ful case stud­ies and you as­pire to fol­low these prin­ci­ples and turn your in­tent into ac­tion. There are plenty of re­sources for you to tap out there

Look for some­one who has “been there and done that”. Put the word out that you are look­ing for a men­tor – some­one will­ing to lend a hand to as­sist you in re­al­is­ing your goals. There is no sub­sti­tute for ex­pe­ri­ence. Learn from their mis­takes and their suc­cess stories You re­alise that oth­ers have al­ready achieved sim­i­lar goals and you seek their help and ex­per­tise. There is no need to rein­vent the wheel: There are amaz­ing suc­cess stories out there. Reach out to the com­mu­nity at large and you will be amazed by the sup­port that you will re­ceive

The hard­est step. There are so many ideas and projects, so many great ex­am­ples to fol­low. Which project should you adopt first? You need to be smart in your al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources. Turn­ing your ideas into a re­al­ity will need to be planned prop­erly if you wish to de­velop a sus­tain­able ac­tion plan

Where will you al­lo­cate your re­sources and time? What are your pri­or­i­ties and what will re­duce the im­pact of your busi­ness on the lo­cal com­mu­nity? Once you have iden­ti­fied your prob­lem ar­eas, you can take ac­tion to re­solve each of them ac­cord­ingly You have com­mit­ted your en­ergy and are run­ning with your ac­tion plan. That could mean up­grad­ing old fa­cil­i­ties or build­ing new ones fol­low­ing the lat­est sus­tain­abil­ity stan­dards – there are var­i­ous op­tions for you to take

Once you have all your ducks lined up, you need to main­tain these new fa­cil­i­ties and sys­tems. Al­lo­cat­ing re­sources to en­sure they will re­main sus­tain­able is some­thing that will re­quire on­go­ing com­mit­ment: Staff train­ing, com­mu­nity out­reach and other con­ti­nu­ity ac­tion plans will need to be set up

By Robert Scales, Ceningan Divers

Robert Scales


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