Expedition Engineering began running trips in Raja Ampat, West Papua in 2011. We are committed to benefiting the local communities and the local ecology so that this incredibly pristine area continues to be a centre for marine diversity and thriving reefs all the while continuing to support the local communities who make this their home.
We have teamed up with the Misool Foundation in order to achieve these goals.
Our (The Misool Foundation) joint mission is to safeguard the most biodiverse reefs on Earth through the empowerment of local communities, providing a structure by which they are able to reclaim their traditional tenureship of reefs. The Foundation maintains a broad approach to conservation, combining environmental, social, and educational elements.
At the core of our operation is the belief that sustainable tourism and community-based conservation are mutually beneficial. We seek to demonstrate to our local hosts, government, guests, and ourselves that sustainable tourism can provide a better life than logging, mining, or overfishing. https://www.misoolfoundation.org
Their recycling program is the focus of our partnership with the Misool Foundation.
The Misool Community Recycling Project incentivizes small communities to properly dispose of waste. Misool Foundation purchases 36 types of rubbish directly from underserved coastal communities. The waste materials are collected and then shipped back to mainland, where the goods are sorted, cleaned, chipped, and packed for recycling.
Members can choose to be either paid directly for their waste, or to leave the funds in the ‘bank’ and collect interest at a later date.
The Misool Community Recycling Project collects 700 tons of rubbish each year
Expedition Engineering does yearly beach clean ups in the areas we paddle. Cleaning up plastic bottles and rubbish in order to keep these beaches pristine. Money made through our beach clean up plastic that is recycled is donated back into the organization to help with education and setting up new recycling facilities across Raja Ampat.
Guests can donate 5% of their trip cost to the Misool Foundation in order to advance their recycle and garbage program in Raja Ampat.