Aurora Expeditions is proud to work with a number of select organisations, in its quest to create ambassadors for the protection of the precious destinations we visit.
By working together with like-minded organisations, we believe we are able to reach out and capture that sense of adventure. We found those who shared our environmental ethos and values and who would share their knowledge, expertise and passion.
IAATO is a member organisation founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. Since the beginning of the modern Antarctic tourism industry in 1969, the number of tourists in Antarctica has grown from a few hundred to more than 40,000 each year. Recognizing the potential environmental impacts that such growing numbers of tourism could cause, seven private tour operators conducting excursions in Antarctica joined together in 1991 to practice and promote the highest possible standards of travel in this delicate region of the world. Aurora Expeditions was one of the seven founding members of IAATO and the first Australian member of the association.
Aurora Expeditions are proud to be a founding member of AECO. AECO was founded in 2003 and is an international organisation for expedition cruise operators. The association is dedicated to managing environmentally responsible and safe expeditions in the Arctic. The members agree that expedition cruises and tourism in the Arctic must be carried out with the utmost consideration for the vulnerable natural environment, local cultures and cultural remains, as well as the challenging safety hazards at sea and on land.
Each calendar year the Australian Geographic Society donates approximately $150,000 to maintain its programme of sponsorship of Australian adventurers, scientific and environmental research, and community projects. Over the years it has spent more than $8,000,000 supporting Australian endeavourz in all these fields. Australian scientists, community organisations and individuals developing projects in Australia and abroad are welcome to apply for Society sponsorship. Aurora Expeditions has worked closely with the AGS over the years, donating profits from its Kimberley voyages and working on joint projects together to preserve the environment through research and awareness.
The Australian Antarctic Division is a government body leading Australia's Antarctic program. As a division of the Department of the Environment and Energy, its charter is to ensure Australia's Antarctic interests are advanced. AAD has four goals:
- Maintain the Antarctic Treaty System and enhance Australia's influence in it
- Protect the Antarctic environment
- Understand the role of Antarctica in the global climate system
- Undertake scientific work of practical, economic and national significance
Aurora Expeditions is proud to have worked with the AAD in transporting staff to Antarctica so they can carry out valuable environmental and scientific research and conservation projects.
BirdLife Australia is dedicated to achieving outstanding conservation results for our native birds and their habitats. With specialised knowledge and the commitment of their Australia-wide network of members, volunteers and supporters, they are making a real difference. BirdLife Australia was created in 2012 from the merger of Birds Australia and Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA).
For more than 100 years, these two groups have been powerful advocates for native birds and their habitats. They have now united as an independent, not-for-profit organisation with one important aim: creating a bright future for Australia's birds.
Conservation Volunteers is Australia’s leading practical conservation organisation. Founded in 1982, Conservation Volunteers completes over 2,000 conservation projects every year, involving more than 14,000 volunteers annually. Projects can include tree planting, wildlife monitoring surveys and heritage restoration. Conservation Volunteers is both not-for-profit and non-political, and operates projects Australia-wide. Choosing Aurora means you’re already environmentally aware and the affiliation with CVA helps take your support for the environment to the next level. All passengers who travel with Aurora Expeditions are entitled to a year’s membership to Conservation Volunteers. Members have first access to join projects and become a part of a special group of people who support the environment. Being a member means your support is counted, and helps Conservation Volunteers to leverage more government, corporate and community support for essential conservation programs.
RiAus is Australia’s unique national science hub, promoting public awareness and understanding of science. RiAus events help people discover the wonders of science, inspiring a new generation to appreciate the importance of science to their health, the environment and the Australian economy. RiAus wants science to be recognised as pivotal to everyday life and to help make science accessible and inspiring for all Australians.
Clean up Svalbard, Aurora Expeditions and the governor of Svalbard invite all passengers on our Arctic voyages to participate in this environmental stewardship program. Whilst on Svalbard, we participate in the ‘Clean up Svalbard’ program; collecting and removing rubbish that is swept to this precious coastline. This interactive initiative has achieved a positive result in making tangible differences to the Arctic environment and its wildlife. Already, ‘Clean up Svalbard’ has seen several thousand tons of rubbish being removed from the shores of the island archipelago.
Oceanites is a not-for-profit, science and educational foundation that fosters the conservation of the world’s oceans, islands, and their wildlife. Founded in 1987, its major scientific project is the Antarctic Site Inventory, which, since 1994, has collected data to monitor penguin and seabird population changes in the warming Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Treaty countries rely extensively on the Inventory's database and its cutting-edge scientific analysis to manage the continent effectively. Aurora Expeditions works together with the foundation by ferrying scientists in Antarctica to conduct research at penguin breeding sites.
Since 1998 the Blue Whale Study has been investigating the ecology of blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus), the largest animal on Earth, in their feeding habitat in waters off south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia. The Blue Whale Study, conducted by whale ecologists Dr Peter Gill and Margie Morrice, has unraveled and described the fundamental ecology underlying the presence of blue whales in this feeding area.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organisation working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Founded in 1951 in the United States, TNC has grown to work in more than 35 countries with a staff of over 4,000 including 600 scientists. Globally, TNC has protected more than 119 million acres of land, thousands of kilometres of rivers and operates more than 200 marine conservation projects.
The world-renowned Institute within the University of Cambridge, links the history of polar exploration with modern research in both polar regions. Formed in 1920 as a memorial to Captain Scott and his colleagues, it is now a major international centre for polar research, information and expertise. The Friends of the SPRI were established in 1946 to permit individuals to aid the Institute in carrying out its role as guardian and repository of Antarctic and Arctic artefacts bequeathed to it or purchased for the Nation. The Friends provide ongoing support by maintaining the Institutes library and museum collections as well as providing research grants to support polar specialists.