Six Senses Resorts & Spas has announced plans to launch one of the largest reforestation projects in Southeast Asia.
The company has partnered with the PATT Foundation to plant more than 200,000 trees per year in the Chiang Mai region of northern Thailand. The project represents a multi-million dollar commitment by Six Senses over the next decade and beyond.
The project is expected to mitigate an estimated 160,000 tons of CO2 annually by replanting 81 hectares of forest every 12 months. Up to 30 different species of tree will be planted.
The scheme follows the Framework Species Method of Forest Restoration, which is designed so that birds and mammals, attracted to the plots, bring with them the seeds of many other forest trees. This encourages the establishment of a forest with the widest possible biodiversity.
The commencement of the project coincides with the UN International Year of the Forest.
Sonu Shivdasani, CEO & Chairman, said; “Deforestation is still being one of the main causes of climate change so 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.”
Six Senses is also working with local communities in Chiang Mai and the company hopes that their input will play a vital role in the long-term success of the project.