Arabella Country Estate recognised for its commitment to environmental management
Arabella Country Estate, located on the Bot River Lagoon, which surrounds a magnificent World Heritage Nature Reserve, has recently been re-certified with its full ISO 14001 compliance certificate, as announced by Dirk Uys, estate manager.
Identified by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee as a biodiversity hotspot, the area is home to more than 1 600 fynbos species as well as abundant bird and animal life. With 236 spacious freehold properties and plenty of open spaces set on 113 hectares of pristine land, and 1.6km of lagoon frontage, Arabella presents an alternative to city living a relatively easy 110 kilometre commute from Cape Town. The architecture’s natural materials, slate roofs and subdued earth tones live in harmony with the picturesque natural surroundings, offering a truly tranquil way of life, perfectly at home in its environment.
The re-certification cements the estate as a committed sustainability pioneer and demonstrates its continual adherence to the highest standard of environmental management. ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system and helps to improve the environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and the reduction of waste, as well as identifying, managing, monitoring and controlling environmental issues in a ‘holistic’ manner. Like all ISO management system standards, ISO 14001 stipulates the need for continual improvement of an organisation’s systems and approach to environmental concerns.
Aspects of the Estate’s management that have been assessed in issuing this certification include water supply via boreholes and a water purification plant, wastewater treatment and re-use, conservation of the environment (specifically indigenous vegetation), energy management/minimisation, refuse compaction/recycling and health and safety considerations. “In support of our vision, these aspects are managed by means of a well-documented system and procedures that forms part of the day to day operational management by the respective Departments and all stakeholders of the Estate,” says Uys.