Environment, Conservation & Community
We have many years of experience working with Ecotourism, NGO's & Aid Agencies, Communities & Businesses
Projects/programs include: Commercial Property Design & Construct, Social & Environmental Programs - Solid Waste Mgt, Water Mgt, Coral Reef Protection, Rainforest Protection, Sewage/Wastewater Treatment, Design & Mgt Eco-Tourism
Sustainable Sewage3 Stage On-Site Treatment & Disposal
Reef protection MarkersSorong, Raja Ampat 2017
Community Project - Rubbish pick upSponsored Refuse Disposal in Bali
Coral Reef Protection in RAJA AMPAT one of the last, great places left
Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Our Coral Reef Protection Program in remote and beautiful Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Raja Ampat is the epicentre of tropical marine biodiversity.. it is truly one of the last great places however Raja Ampat is not pristine, it's damaged, but as you can see in the photos below, it still has gorgeous and incredibly diverse coral reefs.
Raja Ampat's reefs are immanently threatened by a range of threats. We believe we must save as many of them as we can before a lack of regulation, over-exploitation, rapid development or the Crown of Thorns starfish destroys these increasingly rare marine ecosystems.
Working with locals and government in 2017 we created the first Locally Protected Area marked with special buoys and designated a No Fishing & No Anchoring Zone. Over 18months we've facilitated the creation of many more Locally Protected Areas*. In 2018 we raised the alarm about a very serious outbreak of the Crown of Thorns Starfish which is now the most urgent threat to Raja Ampat's coral reefs.
To date, funding has been generously provided by Bill Price & family from the USA. This program is about value for money, directly linking the donors via our pro bono work and the use of our boat, to local people and practical solutions.
Success working with local people has led us to continue the work. Our basic concept: Conservation only succeeds when local people are doing it.. is being proven effective in the field and as long as the funding continues we're going to continue working with locals fighting the Crown of Thorns and creating more protected areas.
So please, spread the word & tell your friends! We've achieved a lot but there is still much left to do, you can follow our progress on *Facebook: Norm Van't Hoff
Greening your business
We offer practical advise & methods to help you re-invent your business to become greener and more sustainable
We can help you with sustainable: Housekeeping, pest control, guest activities, operations, organic meals, staff training, community development, landscaping & food gardens, project design, green business promotions
Sustainable tourism & housing
From concept development to design & construction
We design innovative projects that showcase true, practical sustainability.. social, environmental and economic
Composite concretes for better insulation & lighter weight - Laminated (farm-grown) timber columns & beams - All bamboo buildings - Unique, organic or modern designs - always solar-passive for comfort & energy saving
If you want a unique, healthier & more sustainable construction project, we can help you realize your vision
Bamboo structures & bamboo shingle roofs
We can design & build your private home, eco-resort, massage or yoga 'bale' & more.. with local bamboo, harvested & naturally treated (boric acid & smoking) here in Bali
Permaculture Training - Food Production Gardens
Permaculture Courses - Provide expats, local people & tourism staff with very practical ways to create productive food gardens as well broad-ranging guidelines on how to be more environmentally responsible
Permaculture principals define sustainable connections between our built, social & natural environments
Courses can be taught in English or Indonesian, and can range from 3 to 12 days