SIX SENSES Resorts & Spas, a leader in sustainable tourism, is launching one of its largest reforestation projects in the Chiang Mai area as part of its commitment to the fight against climate change.
It has partnered with the PATT Foundation to plant more than 200,000 trees a year in the Chiang Mai region in Northern Thailand. The project represents a multi-million dollar commitment by Six Senses over the next decade and beyond.
The project will help balance an estimated 160,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year by replanting 200 acres of forest every 12 months. Between 20 and 30 different species will be planted. The program follows The Framework Species Method of Forest Restoration, based on the idea that birds and mammals, attracted to the reforested area, will bring with them the seeds of other tree species.
The beginning of the project coincides with the UN International Year of the Forest.
Sonu Shivdasani, Six Senses’ chairman and CEO, noted that deforestation is still one of the main causes of climate change and that “the International Year of the Forest couldn’t have come at a more important time.
“Six Senses’ support for the Chiang Mai reforestation project underlines our commitment to becoming a decarbonising company by 2020.”
Rainforests act as a giant sink by sequestering vast quantities of carbon. About 15.5 million hectares (38 million acres) of rainforests are cut down every year.
Six Senses is working with local communities in Chiang Mai and hopes their input will play a vital role in the long-term success of the project and that the region will become a vital sanctuary for endangered species across Southeast Asia.