The Long Run’s Waste Busters

From piggeries to sandblasters and everything in between, The Long Run members are continually striving to cut down on waste and adopt a circular approach to resource management. Here are a few of the latest waste-busting innovations:

The announcement of the two large oceanic mosaics of marine protected areas, around the Archipelagos of São Pedro and São Paulo, and Trindade and Martim Vaz, is the culmination of long-term research.

Piggy in the Middle

When it comes to reusing waste, no rock is left unturned at Lapa Rios, Costa Rica’s original ecolodge on the pristine Osa Peninsula. While plenty of hotels make the most of the food waste guzzling nature of pigs, saving hundreds of kilograms of food waste from landfill every year, Lapa Rios goes one step further creating clean energy from the bi-product: pig faeces. Eighty per cent of food waste is recycled and what can’t be made into compost goes to the pigs whose refuse is then turned into biogas with a biodigester.

Misool harbours one of the richest coral reefs within the highly biodiverse Coral Triangle.
Raja Ampat is the Amazon of the world’s reefs. There are over 699 species of mollusc and currently 1,564 described species of reef fish in Raja Ampat. This region is home to over 75% of the world’s known coral species including 554 species of reef-building corals.
The Misool Marine Reserve includes three areas: the Misool No-Take Zone, the Daram No-Take Zones, and the Traditional Use Zone that is identified as a restricted gear corridor zone on the map.

Homemade Produce 

Offering guests one of the lowest people-to-land ratios in Africa, the Kicheche team knows that when things get thrown away, they have to go somewhere. Last year, concerted efforts to reduce waste culminated in Kicheche’s most successful yet; in 2018, plastic waste decreased by 53% compared to 2017. To get these kinds of results, everything that comes into camp is scrutinised, including yoghurts. By purchasing a yoghurt making machine and serving delicious, homemade yoghurts in recycled jars, Kicheche has saved 2130 small cups from landfill. Rather than buying new glasses, Kicheche also forms its water glasses out of used bottles.

Chumbe Island Coral Park is host to two protected zones: the Chumbe Coral Reef Sanctuary (CRS) – a marine protected area that is a 100 percent no take zone – and the Closed Forest Reserve (CFR) – a terrestrial protected area that includes the entire forested area of the island. It is one of the most diverse reefs in the Western Indian Ocean region.
The Chumbe Reef Sanctuary and the terrestrial protected area on Chumbe Island are home to a large population of the IUCN Red List data deficient Coconut crab.
A “Google-eye” view of Chumbe, showing the boundaries of the 0.551 km2 (136-acres) MPA.
A “Google-eye” view of Chumbe, showing the boundaries of the 0.551 km2 (136-acres) MPA.

In addition to the above, Long Run member Guludo Beach Lodge in Mozambique’s picturesque Quirimbas, has been working with the World Wildlife Fund to establish and monitor two marine sanctuaries, that are both no-take zones. Nikoi and Cempedak Islands (Indonesia) are working with Conservation International to establish a management plan for a Marine Protected Area with No Take Zones around both islands.

Guludo Beach Lodge, Mozambique
Nikoi Island, Indonesia

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