BONVO Travel is proud to bear the distinction of being the first private sector corporation outside of Brunei to participate in the Brunei: Heart of Borneo Project, a joint initiative by the Government of Brunei and WWF to plant trees to re-populate the vanishing rainforests of Borneo.

This project is a part of the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This campaign is a worldwide tree planting initiative that seeks to offset the carbon footprint caused by human civilisation and its effects on the environment.

Tree saplings planted in Panchong Primary, Tutong, Brunei Darussalam.

As a travel agency, BONVO Travel is dedicated to counteracting the effects of air travel on the balance of greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. BONVO Travel has thus pledged to plant one tree for every five air-tickets issued in order to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and has committed to this rate of contribution with the government of Brunei for the Heart of Borneo project. On 23 April 2010, the inaugural group of 125 saplings was planted in Panchong Primary, Tutong, at coordinates N 04 38′ 28.8″, E 114 40′ 30.2″.

“Singapore, where BONVO is based, is geographically unable to support this sort of effort on the scale that we want to pledge our commitment,” said Managing Director of BONVO Travel, Mr Joachim K. Steffen. “We decided to participate in the Heart of Borneo project not just because of Borneo’s proximity to us, but also because of the inspirational commitment shown by the government of Brunei. As a long-time advocate of green initiatives, BONVO would like to join hands with the Sultanate of Brunei to protect the environment by promoting the sustainable management of natural resources, recycling and conservation of energy.”

You can find out more about the UNEP Plant for the Planet project at www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign, and about the Heart of Borneo project at http://www.forestry.gov.bn/heart.htm.