We believe very strongly in sustainable and responsible tourism and we do everything we can in our destinations to help tourism have a positive impact on the local environment and communities.
However, whether flying, driving or travelling by train, the carbon spend of travel does impact the environment.
That’s why we signed up to a carbon offsetting programme with Mossy Earth. Mossy Earth plant trees on our behalf in a variety of re-wilding and reforestation projects across Europe to help compensate for the environmental impact of travel.
Since 2017, we have been operating our Plant a Tree for Christmas Campaign where we gave away a free tree for every booking made in December. For the rest of the year, we also offered all our clients the possibility to buy a tree for planting as an optional extra when checking out. Sadly after 2 years of trialing this, only a minority of people actually chose the plant a tree option.
We decided in December 2019 that we would make our Plant a Tree for Christmas Campaign more permanent. That means that from December 2019, anyone who books a holiday with Undiscovered Mountains will get a tree planted on their behalf automatically added to their booking.
After studying many different carbon offsetting programmes and schemes, we discovered that it was difficult to find one with a clear and transparent use of the carbon offsetting contribution. Then we discovered Mossy Earth!
Mossy Earth have a completely transparent tree planting and re-wilding project for travellers to offset their carbon footprint. They plant native trees in deforested areas or areas damaged by wildfires in different locations around Europe.
They provide you with a GPS coordinate and photo for each tree that is purchased so you can locate it on the map or even visit. You can have a look at the Mossy Earth public database of trees and see on the maps below what has been done so far. When you book your holiday with Undiscovered Mountains, we will pass your email address and first name only to Mossy Earth so they can send you the details of your tree. Mossy Earth will not use your email address for any commercial marketing purposes unless you opt in. Your address will only be used to send you the details of the tree which is included in your package.
Mossy Earth have already allocated a part of their forest in Portugal to Undiscovered Mountains to grow and our clients have already planted many trees here. Here is the Undiscovered Mountains forest in Portugal which has been planted by trees bought by our clients.
Mossy Earth have now moved to a new project in the Southern Carpathian Mountains which is where your tree will go when you book a holiday with us now.
The Romanian Carpathian Mountains are the wildest mountain range in Europe, where we find the last unfragmented forests of Europe, the highest concentration of large carnivores and the richest biodiversity. Sadly, following the forest restitution in 2005, massive clear- cuts have destroyed thousands of hectares in these Mountains. Mossy Earth's Healing Clear Cuts project aims to reforest and rewild those areas thatwere illegally logged while also protecting the existing richly bio-diverse old growth forests from further logging and poaching.
To find out more about our partner's project in the Carpathian mountains and the effect of the planting program, have a look at this great video