Today, 22 June is World Rainforest Day – an important environmental event to keep raising awareness, knowledge, and action to protect one of the Earth’s most valuable resources – our rainforests. The day is a celebration of these valuable natural treasures and is intended to spur action to protect them – and we from Bertling Logistics supported our partner Conservation International with a donation for their “Friends of Green Suriname” project.
One of Bertling Logistics’ areas of expertise is handling challenging transports to and in remote environments and countries with insufficient infrastructure, logistical know-how and access to transport equipment. Suriname, the smallest country in South America, belongs to those destinations that require responsible logistics solutions to preserve the local ecosystem and protect the people living there.
Bertling Logistics has been handling resupply logistics transports to Suriname for several years and will continue to explore the many business opportunities arising in Suriname now and in the future. Our work contributes to the local economy, helps to create jobs for the people living there and supports our clients’ in-county operations.
Bertling has committed to protecting the unique flora and fauna of Suriname and recently partnered with Friends of Green Suriname, a brand of Conservation International Suriname, and NGO realizing sustainability projects to protect the wildlife, Amazonian rain forest, and local community in Suriname.
Suriname is the greenest country in the world with about 90% of its landscape covered with pristine tropical rainforest. It is located in the Guiana Shield, one of the regions with the highest unrivaled biodiversity in the world and many endemic species living there. Suriname harbors 10% of the world’s freshwater in rivers. It is a tolerant country, with an ethnically diverse population and one of the lowest population densities in the world.
As “Friend of Green Suriname” Bertling will work closely with Conservation International Suriname, to support their important work in the country to preserve Suriname’s nature, forest, people, and globally significant ecosystem. In doing so, Bertling will promote Friends of Green Suriname’s activities among its network and elaborate joint support projects with its clients.
“As part of our sustainability concept at Bertling Logistics, we work hard to keep any potential impacts of our operations at the lowest possible minimum”, says Colin MacIsaac, CEO of Bertling Logistics. “In doing so, we discuss emission reduction and offsetting opportunities with our clients, always look for the most responsible way of transport and plan to also encourage our customers to support the important work of Conservation International, too”, MacIsaac continues.
Our recent donation will be used for Conservation International Suriname's sustainable livelihood programs for maroon and indigenous communities (use of nontimber forest products to save the forest and generate an income), awareness sessions, trainings on conservation, conservation agreements with communities, wildlife programs to prevent poaching and illegal trade, sensitize our policymakers on sustainable programs, etc.