(08 Dec 2020)

The Laguna Lang Co resort in Vietnam is urging sustainability
projects around the country to take advantage of a new eco grant
scheme that it has helped to develop.

With initiatives including a
moratorium on single-use plastics and its “edible golf course”
planted with rice fields and tended by water buffalos, Laguna Lang
Co is regarded as a standard-bearer for sustainable tourism in
Vietnam.

Now, the expansive integrated resort, which encompasses
the Banyan
Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co hotels as well as the acclaimed
Laguna Golf Lang Co golf course, is maintaining its eco-minded ethos by
encouraging deserving projects to apply for new
sustainability grants backed by its parent company, the Banyan
Tree Group.

Participant competing in the Laguna Lăng Cô Vietnam Airlines Triathlon 2013. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The new “Greater Good Grants” will provide
financial backing of up to US$10,000 across six areas that
align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for projects around Vietnam to
obtain funding that they both require — and deserve,” said Adam Calver, Director of Golf and Destination Marketing at Laguna Lang
Co. “In this time where hope and optimism are needed more than
ever, we hope to catalyse positive ripple effects and extend our
support to more partners seeking to create positive, sustainable
change.”

The six areas covered by the grant are as follows:

Biodiversity & Conservation: improve
understanding, conservation and management of species and
habitats.

Resource Use & Waste Management: innovative
projects that tackle cradle to grave life cycle of resources that
benefit community, business and the environment.

Climate
Change & Resilience
: elucidate global change and develop
resilience in natural and human systems.

Education &
Empowerment
: development of education infrastructure, capacity and
delivery to students of any age, with particular focus on
disadvantaged members of society.

Health & Protection:
focus on health and wellbeing in local communities.


Culture & Livelihood: development, protection, restoration and
stewardship of culture and livelihoods.

The Greater
Good Grants for Year 2021 officially opened for submission on 28
October and will remain open until 31 December 2020. Project grants are up to US$10,000
and are
open to all individuals over the age of 18 who have an organisational affiliation. Submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of Banyan Tree Global Foundation and an
internal panel of stakeholders. Successful project grantees will
be notified by Q1 2021.

“Our usual approach has been to award project
grants mainly through our operating properties and support the
environment and community stakeholders in that specific vicinity,”
said Dr Steve Newman, Assistant
Vice President, Group Sustainability Director and Coordinating
Director of Banyan Tree Global Foundation. “While
projects should be in the same countries as where we operate, our
new approach is to invite NGOs and academics to apply so we can
support more impactful projects benefitting people and the
planet.”

See also:

Hotel Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change – Video
Interview with WWF
.

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