Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sarawak Rainforest World Music Fest 2017 to further reduce its carbon footprint

KUCHING: The Rainforest World Music Festival is taking steps to further reduce its carbon footprint this year.

Now in its 20th edition, the festival aims to increase its environmental sustainability, contributing not only to the preservation of culture and art but also nature.

“The festival is uniquely positioned, as a locally held and internationally recognised event, to create a positive social, environmental and economic impact that can benefit the Sarawak people,” Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) events and corporate relations director Angelina Bateman said in a statement.

The green initiatives taken by festival organiser STB include providing shuttle buses to reduce carbon emission as well as waste segregation at the venue.

In 2011, a tree-planting initiative was introduced, giving performers, sponsors and volunteers the opportunity to contribute to the local ecosystem.

Last year, STB expanded its green activities by collaborating with social enterprise Biji Biji Initiative to implement food waste management at the festival.

Over 300kg of food waste was collected, of which 195kg was used for compost.