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Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya Marks World Wetlands Day With Mangrove Planting

Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya Marks World Wetlands Day With Mangrove Planting

Surabaya, 8  February 2017 – Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya’s team, led by Sigi Bierbaumer, the hotel’s general manager, went to the mangrove plantation area in Wonorejo to plant mangrove seedlings, clean up the area and release birds to its natural habitat to mark World Wetlands Day.  World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February.

The hotel team, together with fifth graders from MI Nurul Huda 1 School – the hotel’s CSR partner – planted more than 500 mangrove seedlings.  They then cleaned up the area and checked on the mangroves that were planted in the previous years.

As an important category of wetlands, mangrove forests grow along tropical coastlines and in saltwater environments.  They are a critical component of marine ecosystems, serving as nursery grounds for many aquatic species, including fish species.  Mangroves also serve as excellent buffer zones between the open ocean and coastal lands, reducing the impacts of storms and keeping coastal erosion under control.

Mr Bierbaumer expressed his gratefulness that, together with the hotel, he could give back to nature and, in the long run, to the local community through this annual mangrove planting activity. 
 
  
 

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with  Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”.  Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities.  Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity.  For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com.

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