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Bali Hotels Association Joins International Coastal Cleanup

October 4, 2013 Association No Comments Email Email

image (2)Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Bali in conjunction with Bali Hotels Association (BHA) proudly instigated the International Coastal Cleanup campaign by clearing debris along Seminyak Beach.

BHA members were encouraged to participate and be part of the solution to help protect this popular coastal strip.

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has developed over the past 25 years to become the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health. Each year millions of eco-friendly warriors from all over the world help to clear trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers and oceans. Thanks to these volunteers recording every article collected, Ocean Conservancy gains accurate insight into the manufactured items which are impacting our planet’s health.

image (1)Cleanups alone can’t solve this pollution problem. Nevertheless, the Ocean Trash Index provides a snapshot of what’s polluting our oceans so we can work to prevent specific items from reaching the water in the first place.

BHA members together with Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Bali, Rotary Club Seminyak, media representatives and a numbers of local schools gathered at 7am to clean the beach for one hour. The “Green Army” covered a distance of 2 kilometres picking up all kinds of rubbish along the way.

image (3)Plastic bags, containers, cutlery, cans, cigarettes and household waste as well as abandoned shoes and fishing debris were just some of the 7,565 items collected. The total trash haul ended up weighing in at over 142,6 kilograms.

“Bali Hotel Associations is extremely proud to take part in this eco-friendly initiative. It isdirectly in line with our objective, which is to continuously strive to find ways to support programs that protect the environment,” commented Alessandro Migliore, Chairman of the Bali Hotels Association.

“We hope that our actions will encourage locals and tourists alike to take note and assume responsibility for the daily consumption of one-time products that effectively contribute to the ocean trash problem. We would very much like to start a ripple effect that gets everyone thinking about this issue,” continues Alessandro.

imageChristiane Wasfy, General Manager of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa and BHA board member in charge of environmental affairs commented, “The International Coastal Cleaning initiative is a program that is very close to all of our hearts. Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa together with the Rotary Club has driven this program for 4 years now. We are pleased to be able to collaborate with BHA for a greater degree of support this year. Our team has worked incredibly hard to coordinate all aspects of the initiative so that the final report can be submittedto the International Coastal Cleaning Organization.”

The International Coastal Cleaning campaign involved members of BHA; Anantara SeminyakBali Resort & Spa, Anantara Vacation Club Seminyak Bali, The Oberoi Bali, The Royal BeachSeminyak Bali, The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa, Harris Resort Kuta Beach – Bali, SDN 1Seminyak, SDN 2 Seminyak, and Rotary Club Seminyak. Other members like Grand NikkoBali, Mercure Bali Nusa Dua, Maya Ubud Resort & Spa as well as Aerowisata SANUR BEACH HOTEL – Bali also participated by cleaning up beaches in different locations.

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