USJ/ISE welcomed members of the Sheraton Grand Macao & The St. Regis Macao Hotel and Sands China on a visit to Macao’s ecological site
Staff members from Sheraton Grand Macao & The St. Regis Macao Hotel and Sands China received a guided tour by Prof. Karen Tagulao and researchers of the University of Saint Joseph’s Institute of Science and Environment at the Ecological Zone II, on April 21, 2022.
A group of staff members from Sheraton Grand Macao & The St. Regis Macao Hotel and Sands China received a guided tour by Prof. Karen Tagulao and researchers of the University of Saint Joseph’s Institute of Science and Environment (USJ/ISE) at the Ecological Zone II, a 40-hectare mangrove forest in Taipa-Coloane coastline, on the afternoon of April 21, 2022.
A brief introduction about the conservation area’s mangrove forest and the resting place for many local and migratory birds was given before the tour commenced, encouraging the participants to explore the area with curiosity and enthusiasm.
During the tour, USJ/ISE research team members Ms. Yolanda Lau and Mr. Marco Lao, explained the importance of mangroves for climate change mitigation and adaptation, specifically for coastal protection, carbon capture and storage. Additionally, it offers water pollution remediation, plastic pollution entrapment, and the promotion of local biodiversity, which is all-important for marine life.
The tour ended successfully at the Southside of Ecozone II, where participants witnessed local and migratory birds in their natural habitats. Everyone understood the value of the coastal wetland, how it benefits in countless ways, and why it is crucial to protect it.
USJ/ISE is actively promoting field visits throughout the years to increase community engagement and awareness of the local ecosystem, especially the mangrove forest, which is considered “Macao’s Coastal Treasure”. This year’s activities were carried out within the context of the project, CTW/2021 “Wetland ecosystems as a nature-based solution for a climate change mitigation and adaptation in Macao” with a grant from Sands ECO360’s Drop by Drop Project by Sands and Clean the World Foundation.