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As an airline, Qatar Airways understands the impact the industry has on the environment and takes seriously our responsibility to lessen the impact of our activities. By using some of the most efficient aircrafts, offering a carbon offset program to our passengers, and working with our oneworld partners to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050, we have taken steps in the green direction.

We know that our passengers share our concern for the environment, so we have compiled a list of eco-friendly destinations so that you can embark on your next adventures guilt-free.

Find out more about Qatar Airways' sustainability efforts

Browse our list of eco-friendly destinations, and find your green adventure:

  

Singapore

With the Singapore Green Plan 2030, the city has one of the most expansive agendas to cover sustainable development and environmental concern. One of the key programs of The Green Plan is setting aside 200 hectares of land for nature parks. This program will allow every household to live within a 10-minute walk of a park and will plant over 100 million trees across the island, absorbing 78,000 tons of CO2. The “City in Nature,” program, as well as other programs in the plan, will create a cleaner, greener city for locals, tourists, and wildlife to share and enjoy. 

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Seychelles

The Republic of Seychelles has become known as one of the global pioneers of conservation, committing to protect almost 50% of its terrestrial area and 30% of its maritime area. The island is one of the few countries to exceed the requirements of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a United Nations conservation and sustainability initiative. With some of the most beautiful marine life and undisturbed beaches in the world, The Seychelles government has made it their mission to “ensure conservation of the archipelago’s biodiversity for the well-being of present and future Seychellois generations and visitors to the islands.”  

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Sustainable Traveling Tip #1: Choose Activities with a Conservation Focus 

When traveling overseas, look up what eco-tourism or conservations activities are available for participation.  

Rwanda

The Republic of Rwanda has promised to integrate eco-friendly strategies into its economic development. Through the Rwanda Green Fund, the country supports public and private project promoting conservation, including steps towards minimizing the carbon consumption of the Rwanda National Police. To support Rwanda’s green movement, Qatar Airways formed an agreement with Wilderness Safaris to plant 40 indigenous saplings in the Volcanoes National Park for each air ticket booked on Qatar Airways, by a Wilderness Safaris guest and to a Wilderness Safaris Destination between September 2021 to March2022. To date, the partnership has resulted in over 3,000 trees being added to the forest.

Learn more about the Reforestation Project in Rwanda

Qatar

The State of Qatar has a longstanding commitment to addressing the global climate crisis and has set ambitious sustainability goals with Qatar’s National Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Qatar has made it their mission to not only promote sustainable development in the country, but also to assist others, contributing $100 million to support small island developing states and least developed countries to address climate change and environmental challenges.  As the host country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar strived to minimize the environmental impact of the tournament when possible. The World Cup stadiums were designed to consume 30% less energy and 40% less water while operating.  

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Sustainable Traveling Tip #2: Avoid Single-Use Plastic

Pack a refillable water bottle or a reusable shopping bag to minimize single-use plastic consumption. 

Australia

With 7-10% of all species on Earth inhabiting Australia, the country’s biodiversity is one of the richest and most unique in the world. In order to protect the abundant animal and plant life, there is an emphasis on environmentally responsible tourism and sustainable development. As one of the United Nations members to agree to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Australia has subscribed to the goals of the program including clean water and sanitation, responsible production and consumption, and conserving marine resources. Companies like Ecotourism Australia certify eco-friendly tourism products (tours, accommodations, and attractions), so travelers can be assured that their activities in the country are sustainable with a focus on conserving the environment.    

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Maldives

Known as one of the most picturesque destinations on earth, many of the Maldives’ resorts make it their mission to preserve the natural beauty of the islands. Whether it is banning single-use plastic, running environmental education programs, using solar power, or moving towards carbon neutrality, the resorts have an eco-friendly focus while also maintaining the luxury experiences the country is reputable for. Visitors will be able to enjoy the exotic marine life and the dazzling coral reefs without the worry of harming them. Just remember to pack reef-friendly sunscreen!

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Sustainable Traveling Tip #3: Give Preference to Environmentally-Focused Businesses

Do some extra research when booking for accomodation or excursions to see what they're doing to protect the environment. 

Zambia

To combat deforestation and lower carbon emissions in the country, Zambia is one of 16 nations to join the UN Reducing Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program. In order to support the REDD+ mission, the government of Zambia has partnered with USAID to develop the Community Forest Program (CFP). The goal of CFP is to reduce deforestation, increase the area of forestland, and enhance livelihoods of local communities by developing alternative income-earning opportunities to unsustainable timber production. This program as well as other Zambia Environmental Management Agency activities help the management of natural resources and protection of the environment to ensure Zambia remains beautiful.

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Japan

Over the past two years, the Japanese government has increased its efforts for a more sustainable future. The country plans to cut carbon emissions by almost 50% by 2030 and ultimately become net zero carbon emissions by 2050. To reach this goal, Japan will decarbonize the electric power sector by switching to renewable energy sources, such as hydrogen power.  Other sectors, including manufacturing, transportation, and housing will shift to electricity as a power source.

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Sustainable Traveling Tip #4: Walk or Ride a Bike

Instead of taking a cab or renting a car, walk or ride a bike to your excursion. For times that you can't avoid driving, try public transport as a more earth-conscious alternative. 

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