Conservation / Eco Initiatives
Highlights of Bintan Resorts’ conservation efforts
In an attempt to bring back the diminishing population of hawksbill turtle in the area, Bintan Resorts have been working closely with local community to save nesting turtles in northern Bintan since 2004. To date more than 4,500 hatchlings have been released with average hatching success rate variation between 85% to 91%. Egg poaching by local villagers was reduced from 91% in 2004 to 12% in 2010.
Conservation messages have also been extended to schools and youth centers. Awareness and activities were built-up, such that their emotion towards nature deepened and increase awareness to protect, not to collect.
Currently seasonal hawksbill hatcheries can be found in Nirwana Gardens Resorts, Banyan Tree Bintan, and Club Med Bintan. An additional hatchery was also setup in the community of Senggiling village. All releases can be followed for free. Please contact your resort for further information on release dates.
Mangrove occurs in patches along the coast of Bintan. It is one of the key components of Bintan Island coastal ecosystem, which filters and blocks sediments from unstable substrates of the upstream rivers and land, and thus prevents siltation of seagrass beds and coral reefs. In addition, they are part of the ecotourism projects such as the renowned mangrove tour and fireflies tour.
The mangrove nursery was setup in 2007. The nursery grew a selection of local mangrove species, including but not limited to Rhizophora mucronata, R. apiculata, Bruguiera gymnorhisa, B. sexangula, Hibiscus tiliaceous, and Pandanus odoratissimus. Ever since, Bintan Resorts have restored over 18,000 m² of mangrove area. This translates into more than 28,000 new saplings along Sebung River. In terms of Carbon offset, this area translates to roughly 1.8 metric tonnes of Carbon sequestered per year.
Currently, the mangrove nursery is being developed in the community of Sebung Lagoi, together with a village business foundation that Bintan Resorts help to setup and develop.
Starting December 2010, Bintan Resorts moved one step ahead in its green operation, with the commencement of mangrove restoration area, which includes closure of this area from tourism activities. The move will enable the ecosystem to bring back its diversity and abundance in terms of flora and fauna within the Sebung River area.
In return, this protected area can grow; animals which have become idols of the renowned mangrove tour such as mangrove snakes, monitor lizards and several bird species will become more abundant, and the mangrove forest density will increase. In return these will support the mangrove tour activity such that it will be sustainable.
A result of a close cooperation between PT BRC with the villages of Sebung Lagoi and Sebung Pereh, and Tunas Harapan Ecotourism Foundation, this activity is a manifestation of ecotourism concept that has always been PT BRC’s work reference.
For more information and to join our conservation efforts, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond Lagoi Bay, we see even greater opportunities to showcase Bintan as a large scale eco-development which integrates commercially attractive urban solutions with the natural component of the island.
With this in mind, we have worked with our knowledge partner, Fundacion Metropoli, to develop a Bintan Eco-Island vision for the future.
The proposal for Bintan Eco-Island project is inspired by the natural qualities of the island which act as the framework for all future developments. Throughout the landscape, developmental strategies illustrate a symbiotic co-existence between nature and corresponding urban components. From this new framework, the future developments of Bintan will surpass the traditional resort typology of a one-stop package. The new Bintan will be characterized by the abundance of experiences offered. Whether urban or rural, exciting or relaxing, business or pleasure the new vision of Bintan Eco-Island will be transformed into a collection of overlapping natural and urban systems woven into one extraordinary piece.