News report | | 06/11/2020 | ±3 minutes reading time

Flying to Kenya has a negative impact on the environment and possibly on the local population. A large part of the Kenyan population lives in poverty. By becoming aware of the consequences of a trip to Kenya, travellers can keep their ecological footprint as small as possible and support the local population at the same time. Travel more sustainably by directly offsetting the carbon emissions of your flight when applying for your Kenya visa and by spending your money with small, local organisations in Kenya.

Sustainable travel organisations

If you want to travel more sustainably, it is a good idea to compare different travel organisations before booking a trip, and to find out what they do in the field of sustainability. For example, it makes a big difference whether expenses are incurred by the local Kenyan population or by large international companies. You should pay attention to the fact that activities, tours and excursions are organised by local organisations, so that employment and revenues remain with the local population. It also plays a role whether travel organisations choose small-scale accommodation run by locals or an international hotel chain. Some travel organisations also offer activities that bring travellers into contact with the local community.

Support the local economy

During their stay in Kenya, travellers can also support the local population directly, for example by visiting local restaurants and buying responsible souvenirs, such as handmade products. In major cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa, tours of slums are also organised, the proceeds from which go to projects that improve conditions in the slums, for example by setting up schools or drinking water facilities.

The environment can also be taken into account, for example by bringing a reusable water bottle to Kenya to reduce plastic waste. Travellers can also opt for an eco-safari, during which they stay in sustainable lodges and (part of) the proceeds are used for nature conservation or local facilities. Furthermore, it is recommended avoiding animal-unfriendly activities, such as elephant rides and shows with wild animals.

Offsetting CO₂ emissions when applying for a Kenya visa

When applying for a Kenya visa, travellers can make a more environmental conscious choice by offsetting the carbon emissions of the flight to and from Kenya through supporting projects that reduce carbon emissions elsewhere. GreenSeat is an organisation that has set up projects in Africa and India that reduce CO₂ emissions and at the same time contribute to improving living conditions locally. All GreenSeat projects are audited by independent UN-recognised bodies.

The Kenya visa can be applied for online with a digital application form. Applying for a visa takes only a few minutes. After completing the visa application form for Kenya, travellers can choose to offset the CO₂ emissions of their flights via GreenSeat by ticking this option in the form. Depending on the distance of the flight, an amount is charged that fully benefits the projects of GreenSeat. Offsetting CO₂ emissions is, of course, not compulsory and does not affect the visa application, but it is a possibility to voluntarily reduce the environmental impact of the flight.

Climate projects of GreenSeat

GreenSeat has set up two projects in Africa and one in India for CO₂ compensation. One project in Africa is concerned with the development of efficient charcoal stoves and the other with the use of biogas. The vast majority of the rural African population cooks on open fires, which contributes to deforestation and causes health problems, especially when cooking with petroleum, which is widespread in Africa.

The use of (enclosed) charcoal ovens significantly reduces fuel consumption compared to cooking on open fires, thereby reducing deforestation and about 2,390 kilograms of CO₂ emitted per year. African households save about USD 110 per year with a charcoal oven, which also improves the living conditions of families.

Another way in which GreenSeat is combating open fire cooking in Africa is by setting up biogas installations for families with a farm. These installations can produce biogas from the manure of the livestock, which can be used for cooking and for electricity. GreenSeat also has a windmill project in India, which gives families access to clean energy and reduces the use of fossil fuels. By choosing the CO₂ offset when applying for a Kenya visa, your contribution will be used for these three projects.

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