Martell supports mangrove conservation – Global Times
Hailing Island National Mangrove Wetland Park at Yangjiang, South China’s Guangdong Province Photo: Courtesy of Martell
World-renowned cognac brand Martell officially announces its first-ever sustainability and responsibility project in China on June 5 – the World Environment Day, committing to a long-term goal of conserving mangrove forests and protecting biodiversity including swifts – the emblem of the Maison.
China is the third-most biodiverse country in the world with over 34,000 unclassified species of animals and plants, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
However, it is also among the countries with the most threatened species, with more than 1,000 known species in the country that are categorized as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable, according to the IUCN.
To enhance the national efforts in protecting biodiversity, China issued a reform plan in 2015 to increase accountability for officials at all levels and in different fields, and established the National Committee on Biodiversity Conservation in December 2020 to strengthen the departmental coordination and linkage from top to bottom.
In response to Chinese government’s agenda on ecological development and biodiversity protection, Martell joins hands with Conservation International, an internationally-recognised non-profit organisation to kick off the project on Hailing Island in Yangjiang, South China’s Guangdong Province, aiming to reforest and restore around 18,000 mangrove trees within the first year, while contributing to Yangjiang’s goal toward being designated as a National Forest City.
Ecological protection is a core value for Martell, and it has been dedicated to protecting land, forests and biodiversity.
The brand logo of Martell features a golden swift – a symbol of the natural world that needs protection, as swifts live close to people and build nests on human-made structures.
Mangrove forests are important shelters for birds including swifts and many endangered species, as they rely on mangroves for food sources and migration for the winter. Martell will contribute to the improvement of the natural environment in China, providing more ideal habitats for these birds.
Martell Mangrove Conservation Project contributes to the improvement of the natural environment in China, providing more ideal habitats for swifts and other birds. Photo: Courtesy of Martell
As an important partner of this project, Conservation International has been committed to conserving mangrove forests with expertise in scientific approaches and field programs, which is highly recognized for its efforts worldwide.
Liu Xiaohai, Executive Director of Conservation International China, said “Conservation International has been working on mangrove conservation for many years, and we are happy to see that awareness and action on this topic have increased in past decades. As a responsible brand, Martell shares the same vision with us, and we believe our combined passion, expertise and experience will ensure the success of this meaningful initiative.”
“Our China team is thrilled to start this project and create real impact on the local environment together with Martell,” he added.
The initiative is also a crucial step in raising awareness for mangrove conservation and will be supported by consumers and the general public alongside Martell China brand ambassador Chen Kun, who is always passionate about public service.
Chen said that “it’s heart-warming to see Martell’s commitment to protecting China’s natural beauty and biodiversity, and I’m very happy to be a part of this initiative. Hope to see Martell lead by example and encourage many of us to do our share for mangrove conservation. Together, let’s all contribute to create a better environment.”
Mangrove restoration Photo: Courtesy of Martell
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