What is the Swoop Conservation Fund?

Swoop has always tried to ensure that our actions match our belief in the power of travelling for good. When we became a certified B Corp we decided to create the Swoop Conservation Fund to put our money where our mouth is.

Every year, the Swoop Conservation Fund is committed to donating 1% of Swoop’s revenues to organisations making significant positive impacts in the destinations we visit.

We’ve worked hard to select meaningful organisations that not only contribute to conservation, but also education, biodiversity and the long term sequestration of CO2 from the atmosphere, as well as complementing each other's work. 

Fur seal and zodiac in Antarctica
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Elliot says

We know the power of travel to create positive change, which is why we created the Swoop Conservation Fund. The collective efforts of Swoop and our customers help ensure our destinations continue to thrive for generations to come.

Elliot Murphy Swoop Sustainability Manager

Projects we proudly support

South Georgia Heritage Trust

Today, South Georgia is known as one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife watching destinations, but in the 20th Century it was home to some of humanity’s worst environmental excesses as a major centre for industrial whaling.

The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) works to preserve the island’s natural and historic heritage for future generations and redress past damage to its environment. It manages practical conservation programmes as well as supporting scientific research.

Swoop is supporting SGHT’s new Commensalis project that aims to conserve and study the  whale populations in South Georgia’s waters. Although whaling ended in the mid-1980s, the devastation wrought on whale numbers is still felt in polar waters, especially in species like the critically endangered blue whale.

Whales are a cornerstone of polar biodiversity and contribute a huge amount of long term carbon sequestration through their interaction with krill and phytoplankton populations. Beyond the positive impacts on biodiversity, this project will help to educate the visitors to the island and beyond, creating a lasting connection to this remarkable destination.

Polar Citizen Science Collective

We believe it’s essential that expedition cruises should offer more than just the chance to create once in a lifetime memories. Throughout the Antarctic cruising season, ships regularly visit areas that are difficult for scientists to access, so citizen science programmes offer a fantastic opportunity to use cruise ships as research platforms.. 

The Polar Citizen Science Collective (PCSC) was founded to help connect the polar science community with the expedition cruise industry through engaging travellers in data collection for critically important research. 

The PCSC work with scientists and expedition guides to develop programs that can easily be carried out by tourists in the field, while still providing the rigour needed for academic study. Participating organisations involved in Antarctic citizen science projects with the PCSC include NASA, the Natural History Museum (London), the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California San Diego) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (New York).

Current projects range from phytoplankton and cloud surveys for climate change data, to recording seabird and whale observations. Swoop team members have participated in every PCSC-led citizen science project in Antarctica.

Projects beyond Antarctica

As specialists in travel to the ends of the earth, we also use the Swoop Conservation Fund to support projects outside Antarctica. In Patagonia, we currently support two conservation organisations doing vital work in Chile: 

  • Rewilding Chile works in habitat restoration and species reintroduction to enhance the resilience of natural ecosystems across Chile, contributing to the conservation of the country's biodiversity and the overall health of its natural environment.
  • Legado Chile Foundation works with local communities and government on conservation, habitat restoration and education programs to foster sustainable practices and nurture a harmonious relationship between people and environment.
A person on a rewilding project with Legado Chile

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