Pimalai Resort & Spa: Championing Koh Lanta’s Green Future

In a commendable stride towards a sustainable future, Pimalai Resort & Spa has embarked on a transformative journey aimed at securing the scenic haven of Koh Lanta in Southern Thailand.

Through a series of dynamic environmental and social endeavours, the resort is not only contributing to the betterment of Koh Lanta but also playing its part in the broader global mission to combat climate change. This article delves into Pimalai’s strategic initiatives, which span from carbon reduction to empowering local communities, setting an inspiring benchmark for eco-conscious hospitality.

Pimalai Resort & Spa: Championing Koh Lanta's Green Future
Koh Lanta is home to almost 3.2 square kilometres of mangrove forest which can store up to 1,200 tonnes of carbon per hectare. Re-forestation is a key battle ground to reduce carbon, a fight Pimalai is leading on the Thai island of Koh Lanta

Driving Carbon Removal and Ecosystem Restoration

In the race to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a critical threshold outlined by scientists to avert catastrophic climate impacts, emission reduction alone is insufficient. A parallel need arises to actively remove and store existing atmospheric carbon. Pimalai Resort & Spa is at the forefront of addressing this need, ardently involved in various initiatives centred around reforestation and forest management.

Koh Lanta Yai, ensconced within Thailand’s Krabi province, is a verdant expanse spanning 8,100 hectares. Remarkably, nearly a quarter of this terrain (1,900 hectares) is designated as a national park, encompassing extensive tracts of lush jungle capable of sequestering an average of 200 tonnes of carbon per hectare. The island further boasts nearly 300 hectares of mangrove forests, capable of storing a staggering 1,200 tonnes of carbon per hectare. This formidable carbon storage capacity positions Koh Lanta as a potent ally in the battle against climate change.

Pimalai Resort & Spa: Championing Koh Lanta's Green Future
Pimalai undertakes regular beach cleaning activities

Preserving Koh Lanta’s Carbon-Wealthy Landscape

Collectively, Koh Lanta’s indigenous forests wield the remarkable potential to capture and retain over 770,000 tonnes of CO2, concurrently providing sanctuary to a diverse array of fauna. Pimalai Resort & Spa is resolutely committed to safeguarding these invaluable biospheres, actively collaborating with local authorities, businesses, and residents. The collaborative initiatives seek to ensure the perpetual protection and preservation of these ecological treasures.

On the 12th of July, the Pimalai team collaborated with the island’s community for a momentous reforestation undertaking. A total of 150 trees were meticulously planted in the Klong Chak region of Koh Lanta. Subsequently, on the 27th of July, the resort partook in a beach cleaning crusade, coupled with the release of hermit crabs on the scenic shores of Lam Tanode National Park. Most recently, on the 12th of August, Pimalai extended its outreach to the village of Langsord on Koh Lanta Noi. Here, they facilitated the establishment of a rice cultivation cooperative, an initiative poised to augment the income of local villagers.

Pimalai Resort & Spa: Championing Koh Lanta's Green Future
The resort supported a rice growing project on Koh Lanta Noi

Comprehensive Sustainability Integration

These commendable efforts form part of an ongoing tapestry of environmental and social initiatives orchestrated by Pimalai. In its day-to-day operations, the resort has adopted an unequivocal zero-food waste policy and eliminated the use of single-use plastics. Rigorous recycling endeavours underscore their commitment to eco-responsibility.

These persistent actions collectively steer Pimalai towards its ultimate aspiration – carbon neutrality in the impending years. Furthermore, the resort extends a valuable opportunity to Thai students in the form of internships, potentially leading to future employment. The culmination of these commitments has merited Pimalai Resort & Spa a coveted place within the Considerate Collection of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), a distinguished portfolio of exceptionally conscientious and eco-sensitive five-star establishments.

Pimalai Resort & Spa: Championing Koh Lanta's Green Future
Pimalai joined forces with the local community to plant 150 trees on Koh Lanta in July 2023, as part of its support of reforestation efforts

The Vision Ahead: A Testament of Dedication

Charintip Tiyaphorn, owner and director of Pimalai, eloquently summarises the resort’s ethos, “The climate crisis will affect everybody on Earth, so we all have to accept responsibility and take steps to reduce its impact. At Pimalai, we are fully committed to preserving our natural, local ecosystems. By helping to maintain healthy forests, including mangroves, we can remove carbon from the atmosphere and preserve the island – and the planet – for many generations to come.”

In essence, Pimalai Resort & Spa stands as a beacon of environmental stewardship, illuminating a path towards a harmonious coexistence of luxury hospitality and ecological preservation. Through their multifaceted efforts, they sow the seeds of a greener legacy, ensuring that the beauty of Koh Lanta flourishes for generations while casting a positive ripple across the planet’s environmental conscience.

Conclusion

In the realm of luxury hospitality, Pimalai Resort & Spa has emerged as a trailblazer in the pursuit of sustainability. Their steadfast dedication to reforestation, carbon removal, and community empowerment serves as an inspiring model for the industry and beyond. As the sun sets each day at Pimalai, it casts a warm glow not only on the tranquil shores of Koh Lanta but also on a world that hungers for meaningful change.

Through their unwavering commitment, Pimalai not only preserves the island’s natural splendour but also forges a path towards a brighter, more harmonious coexistence between humanity and the environment. With each deliberate step, they pave the way for a future where eco-consciousness and luxury are intertwined seamlessly, leaving an indelible mark on the tapestry of sustainable living.

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