Greece-based shipping company will support planting of 60,000 trees in the Coral Triangle
Submitted by Arbor Day Foundation
Andriaki Shipping, a marine shipping company based in Greece, will partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 60,000 trees in West Papua, Indonesia. The reforestation effort will help to revitalize West Papua’s local economy and restore natural habitats for area wildlife.
“We are thankful for partners like Andriaki Shipping who are committed to making a positive difference for people, wildlife, and the natural environment by planting trees,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation.
The Arbor Day Foundation’s reforestation efforts in Indonesia aim to promote food security by restoring mangroves and tropical forests. Agroforestry is increasingly vital in West Papua, which is part of the Coral Triangle, a region of the western Pacific Ocean recognized as the center for marine biodiversity. Climate change threatens the existence of the region’s vast coral reefs, which provide food, income, and protection from storms for coastal communities.
By reducing runoff into the oceans and preventing rising ocean temperatures, tree planting will also help protect West Papua’s marine wildlife. The Coral Triangle is home to thousands of species of marine animals, including at least 500 species of reef-building corals, 200 species of fish, and six of the world’s seven marine turtle species.
Engaging local communities is a key facet of reforestation efforts in West Papua. Since the project’s launch in 2017, local engagement has surged and planting efforts have expanded rapidly to include the remote islands of Biak, Yapan, and Seram in addition to mainland West Papua. Biak Island is one of the poorest areas of Indonesia; subsistence farmers and fishers make up approximately 75% of the Island’s population.
“Dedication to environmental sustainability is part of our vision; we are therefore very enthusiastic to partner with Arbor Day Foundation and support their efforts to facilitate change around the globe,” said Dimitrios S. Korkodilos, CEO, Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 400 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 44 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world.
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