Our initiatives across Asia
SURUGADAI BUILDING GREEN SPACE
Nurturing Biodiversity Within The City
Surugadai Building, where the head office of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance is located, has been thoughtfully designed as a green sanctuary in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. It is surrounded by 6,800 sq m of lush vegetation and has a rooftop garden spanning 2,600 sq m. The trees were strategically planted in a hierarchical structure to have beneficial effects on retaining rainwater and minimising flooding, while expansive green spaces can mitigate the heat island effect.
As a certified green development, Surugadai Building is a shining example that embraces biodiversity and enriches the community, right in the heart of the city. Not only does it serve as a peaceful refuge for locals to rest and relax, the plants on the site have been specially selected to attract local species of birds and butterflies. Even rare birds have been spotted amongst the verdant greenery.
The Imperial Palace and Ueno Park are two other havens for wild birds in Tokyo. Located strategically between these two spots, Surugadai Building serves as a green base that complements the ecological network and effectively expands the habitat of wild birds in Tokyo. Watch the video here.
MSIG BIODIVERSITY TRAIL
Leveraging Digital Technology To Promote The Importance of Protecting Biodiversity
MSIG Singapore has teamed up with WWF-Singapore and District Race to spearhead a community-based initiative for the public to learn more about biodiversity, guided by an app that will take them on an interactive and engaging trail set within Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site—the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The MSIG Biodiversity Trail is the result of this collaborative effort.
This free and easy-to-explore trail leverages on District Race’s experiential technology and participants can discover interesting biodiversity facts about the local flora and fauna while completing virtual checkpoints and challenges.
Available from now until 31 March 2020, the public can experience a different side to Singapore and be inspired to connect with nature and take more care of our natural environment. Check out the video here.
Participants may explore the trail however they like by planning their route and choosing which checkpoint or type of challenge to clear within a time limit of 60 minutes per session:
Each activity yields a different number of points and participants may also track their ranking on a live leaderboard during the trail to win exclusive rewards if they unlock special biodiversity virtual badges.
For more information, visit the MSIG Singapore page now.
BIODIVERSITY DAY & GREEN DIET CAMPAIGN
Cultivating Biodiversity & Sustainability Awareness
One of the best ways to learn and appreciate biodiversity is by getting close and spending time with Mother Nature. And what better way to do that than to encourage youths, business partners, clients and even staff to get outdoors on an educational eco-tour. In addition, we’ll be unveiling a new initiative on how one can eat healthily and live sustainably!
Stay tuned for more updates coming your way.
Restoring The Wetlands Together With The Local Community
Besides acting as a buffer to protect local villages from storms, tidal surges, erosion and saltwater intrusion, mangroves also help to store carbon dioxide. This will help to trap greenhouse gases from being released in the environment, hence alleviating global warming. MSIG Thailand is working with the local residents to restore the mangroves in selected key local areas and concurrently educating the local communities on the importance of engaging in sustainable activities to maintain the plantation. Check out the video here.
Rehabilitating The Wetlands To Enrich The Local Community
The rainforest of the seas (mangroves) is threatened by urbanisation and commercialisation. MSIG Malaysia is taking action to rehabilitate and restore mangroves at selected key sites that will also benefit the neighbouring local community. Mangroves are known to be one of the most productive types of wetland, providing food, fibre and medicine to people. They also protect the coastlines by breaking waves and preventing land erosion, as well as act as a feeding and nursery ground for fish species that are important to the livelihood of local fishermen.
Stay tuned as we share our progress in the next few months.
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