Project title: Marriott Partnership
Duration: Started in 2013, the project is currently ongoing.
Project background: More than half of Thailand’s mangroves have been lost in the last four decades. After the 2004 tsunami, a renewed determination to replant mangroves in Thailand was marked by the symbolic planting of a mangrove by former US President Bill Clinton in Phuket and the launch of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) programme in 2006. Mangroves play a critical role in protecting coastlines from severe storms and sea level rise, and in providing livelihoods to coastal communities. In addition, mangrove forests are important for conserving biodiversity and storing carbon.
Through this initiative, IUCN aims to support Marriott Hotels & Resorts Thailand in its efforts to contribute to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity, while at the same time encouraging the mainstreaming of sustainable business practices in the Southeast Asia region.
This engagement falls under the wider umbrella of Marriott's “Spirit to Serve” initiative. On the IUCN side, the partnership contributes to the organisation’s goals to increase private sector investment in biodiversity conservation and to support businesses in adopting more sustainable practices.
Objectives of the project:
The partnership aims to promote mangrove restoration and support coastal communities through the use of sustainable seafood sources and local procurement practices in Bang Krachao and areas in the South potentially to include Mai Khao, Tai Muang and Khao Lak.
There are three main elements to the IUCN-Marriott partnership:
- Marriott collects donations from its guests to support IUCN’s mangrove restoration activities, and raises awareness of the importance of mangrove forests
- IUCN and Marriott work together to identify opportunities for sourcing of sustainable souvenirs and gifts from local communities.
- IUCN supports Marriott in locating sources of sustainable seafood for their hotels.
- Support local communities and Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in their mangrove restoration efforts
- Support local community businesses as part of Marriott’s sustainable supply chain
Donor: Marriott Hotels & Resorts Thailand
Partners: Mangroves for the Future (MFF); Department of Marine and Coastal Resources; and Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation (MKMTF)