Environmental Conservation

Our network connects over 140 destinations around the world, and we have an impact on the environment in these locations. Hence we recognise the importance of conserving habitat and species diversity where we can, as well as raising public awareness through educational activities. In line with our focus on youth education, this year, Cathay Pacific ran a youth environmental programme, Green Explorer. We also assisted in the repatriation of endangered pig-nose turtles seized in Hong Kong to Indonesia.

Green Explorer

Forty students aged between 16 and 18 from Hong Kong and ten other countries had the chance to join Cathay Pacific’s inaugural Green Explorer programme this year. The eight-day trip to Hong Kong and Sichuan in Mainland China aims to give young participants a better understanding of conservation and sustainable development in China. They hiked through dense forests, visited a tea plantation and an old town, installed infrared cameras in the wild, visited sustainable livelihood projects and saw the conservation of giant pandas in action at the Daxiangling Nature Reserve. The trip ended with a night of cultural sharing at the Hulin Ecological Resort.

Here is what some of the students thought of the experience:

“The simple lives of the villagers and how they managed to support themselves using sustainable growing methods really intrigued me.”

Karis Cheung
Hong Kong

“I now realise the importance of a united, global effort in conservation.”

Donna Chiu
Hong Kong

“The trip taught me the gravity of the panda’s endangered situation.”

Yoo Ji Suh
South Korea

“Living in urban areas for such a long time, I had a chance to see how beautiful and peaceful unspoiled forests are, which increased my hope that humans can take more responsibility in keeping natural environments as intact as possible.”

Ina Shen
Taiwan

“I am now thinking about a job in the environmental sector and joining the local forest group.”

Sophie Pruefert
Germany

“I would like to use the Green Schools Alliance from the US as a benchamark to create a similar organisation in Korea.”

Ko Minhyeok
South Korea

Repatriation of pig-nosed turtles

Cathay Pacific assisted in the reintroduction of 609 pig-nosed turtles (Carettochelys insculpta) to Indonesia by donating cargo space and two return seats to the organisers of the operation, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden of Hong Kong, in partnership with International Animal Rescue (Indonesia), Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia, and in collaboration with the HKSAR and Indonesian governments.

The endangered species was transported back from Hong Kong via Jakarta to Indonesia Papua. The release involved full participation by the villagers of Bupul, and was an opportunity to educate the village children who were responsible for releasing the turtles into the local river, with guidance from the NGO. The wild pig-nosed turtle was last seen in the river 30 years ago and it is hoped that the release of juvenile turtles will see the return of this species to the area.

“We would like to thank everyone that helped to make this repatriation project happen.”

Gary Ades
Head of Fauna Conservation Department, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden

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