To celebrate World Environment Day on 5th June 2020, Chiva-Som announced the second phase of its mangrove project and planted 400 mangrove trees adding more area to the Krailart Niwate Mangrove Ecosystem Preservation Project, the last remaining mangrove ecosystem in Hua Hin. The planting started with 200 trees on 3rd and 4th June and another 200 on 5th June. Over the last decade, Chiva-Som has already planted 5,000 Mangrove trees at this area to purify the air, boost the ecosystem and improve wellbeing of local communities.
The new addition to the project is another floodplain adjacent to Krailart Niwate. Expansion and reconstruction of the new wetland area will transform it into a thriving ecosystem with a target of planting over 5,000 trees in the coming year.
“A cleaner environment and healthy life go hand-in-hand. Diverse and rich ecosystems are key components of a sustainable environment. The new addition to our mangrove ecosystem preservation highlights and demonstrates our commitment to ensure environmental wellbeing, biodiversity preservation, combating climate change, and encouraging others by setting an example of a sustainable business approach. We are delighted to contribute to the global Blue Carbon initiative by enhancing the mangrove ecosystems to combat climate change at a greater level.” said Dilshan David, Corporate Director of Sustainability and Compliance of Chiva-Som.
He added, “This initiative also perfectly complements our health and wellness goals at Chiva-Som as it is a proven fact that planting trees and connecting with nature can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and improve general wellbeing.”
Supporting the belief that environmental wellness and personal wellness go hand-in-hand, Chiva-Som puts this into action at its resort through initiatives like minimising single-use plastic items, using fresh produce from its organic farms, solar-thermal water heating, energy conservation, waste-water treatment and reducing non-biodegradable products – thus promoting sustainable tourism to effect a positive change in the world.
Chiva-Som also conducts environmental preservation camps called ‘Junior Ambassadors of Preserve Hua Hin’ for local school children to help them understand the impact of humanity on the environment and to develop a respect for nature.