Read the Wilderness Case Study
About the company
The ECF grant will enable Wilderness Lodge to double guest accommodation and expand site infrastructure. The project will also incorporate expansion and strengthening of the human resources of the business, including hospitality training of staff in conjunction with other ecotourism operations.
Total grant funding approved: ECF A$198,450
About the project
The Wilderness Lodge is a 100 per cent locally owned eco-lodge situated on a coral lagoon at the south eastern tip of Western Province in the Solomon Islands. Wilderness Lodge is located next to some of the world’s richest and most intact coral reefs and tropical rainforest habitats. The business has been operating since 2002 and has experienced strong demand from eco-tourists but did not have the resources to undertake the required expansion.
Results December 2012
The project’s close links with communities, training of local people to undertake key roles in the business and comprehensive environment protection strategy, represent a model that can be replicated in other Solomon Islands locations and elsewhere.