Banyan Tree Global Foundation to Support Eight Projects in ASEAN

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(03 May 2021)
The Banyan Tree Global Foundation
(BTGF) has confirmed that it will support eight external organisations with
projects that will benefit the local communities and natural
environment in countries where the group’s hotels and resorts
operate.

“We have a track record of providing grants to
over 150 partner organisations in the past,” said Dr Steve Newman, Assistant
Vice President, Group Sustainability Director and Coordinating
Director of BTGF. “In our pursuit of creating an ecosystem of
greater good, we have created the Greater Good Grants to offer
even more support. Building partnerships has always been important
to us as a Group, as we believe it is the key to making a greater
impact.”

This inaugural round saw eight NGOs selected based
on their projects that fall under one of the six focal areas and
which align with the UN Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs)
and Banyan Tree’s core ethos of “Embracing the Environment,
Empowering People”.


The Safe Water Garden project - A scalable sewage treatment system that suits individual households and small community centers like rural schools. LooLa’s aim is bold: a safe sanitation system for every Asian village home by 2025. More: https://loola.net/eco-loola/ Click to enlarge.

The SDGs include Biodiversity & Conservation,
Resource Use & Waste Management, Climate Change & Resilience,
Education & Empowerment, Health & Protection and Culture &
Livelihood.

The selected projects will benefit Borneo’s
rainforests, Gunung Leuser National Park and Mahakam Delta in
Indonesia, Bach Ma National Park and Thua Thien Hue province in
Vietnam and Anlung Pring Wetlands in Cambodia.

The other two
successful submissions fall under Health & Protection – a water
sanitation project (pictured) in
Bumi Indah village, Indonesia, as well as
women empowerment workshops in Phuket, Thailand.

Ms Claire Chiang, Co-founder & Senior Vice
President of Banyan Tree Holdings and Chairperson of Banyan Tree
Global Foundation said, “2020 provided some respite from the
long-term threat of global warming, but it also highlighted the
need to repair our planet, and develop a more substantial,
science-based roadmap towards a sustainable future. We may be in
the business of hospitality, but we are intrinsically dependent on
the intangibles of nature, culture and heritage. The stewardship
of biodiversity, culture and livelihood is our duty.”

The Greater Good Grants are open to all
individuals over the age of 18 who have an organisational
affiliation, for up to US$10,000.

Year 2022 funding may comprise
different categories, as specific underserved SDGs may be
highlighted.

The next round of submissions will officially open in
June 2021.

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