The protection of the natural environment and the support of local communities is central to Song Saa’s ethical charter.
When the owners of Song Saa Private Island, Rory and Melita Hunter, first journeyed to the Koh Rong Archipelago they were inspired by the rainforests and the stunning beaches, and by the smiles of its people.
But they also became aware of the environmental and human challenges facing the archipelago. They vowed to do what they could to improve the wellbeing and health of the environment, local villages and the economy.
Initially, through their own efforts and later, through the work of the Song Saa conservation and community program, they were able to implement a range of unique and innovative projects to fulfill their aspirations. These included:
- The creation and management of Cambodia’s first marine reserve;
- The establishment of a groundbreaking solid waste management facility in the nearby village of Prek Svay;
- The creation of a dedicated sustainability centre and training program;
- An intern research program, supporting pioneering research on Cambodia’s marine environment.
Song Saa Private Island was also developed with the environment and people in mind.
All of the water used on the island, for example, is carefully treated and reused, ensuring that no waste is released into the environment. Native vegetation has been re-introduced around the resort. Driftwood and recycled timber from old and discarded Cambodian fishing boats have been incorporated into villa furniture and construction.
On top of this, a dedicated Sustainable Management Plan, has been developed by Song Saa to chart the resort’s continued efforts to maintain and develop its triple bottom-line credentials.
These and numerous other efforts by the team at Song Saa to promote sustainability have been acknowledged through numerous international awards and accolades.
In 2013, the Hunters’ took their efforts to a new level with the creation of the Song Saa Foundation.
Download a brief summary of the Song Saa Foundation