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BigPay Partners With APE Malaysia To Support Reforestation And Wildlife Conservation In Borneo

by | Nov 1, 2021 | SUSTAINABILITY | 0 comments

BigPay, an ASEAN fintech company with proud Malaysian roots, partnered with Animal Projects & Environmental Education (APE Malaysia) to plant 1,000 trees in November to support reforestation and wildlife conservation in Borneo. The partnership kickstarts BigPay’s sustainability initiative centred around climate action, preservation of natural habitats and restoration of biodiversity starting in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. 

From now to November 30th, BigPay will donate to have one new tree planted on behalf of the first 1,000 users that make their water bill payment via BigPay. The contributing BigPay users will receive a photo, as well as an e-certificate with the GPS coordinate where each of their trees are planted. 

(APE Malaysia planting team)

“As we continue our journey to drive financial inclusion in the region, we want to ensure that it’s done in an environmentally sustainable manner and it is instilled into our values of incorporating ESG into the organisation. We are thrilled to be partnering with APE Malaysia to empower our users to make a lasting impact not only to the environment, but also to local communities,” shares Salim Dhanani CEO & Co-Founder of BigPay.

“For every water bill paid with BigPay, we are committed to planting one tree on behalf of the user. This is a great starting point for us to raise awareness for climate and wildlife conservation using our platform and we hope that BigPay users can join us in our efforts to help make the world a greener place, starting at home, in Malaysia.”

APE Malaysia, an accredited social enterprise that focuses on conservation to enable the wider change towards a sustainable future, has over 14 years of experience in replanting activities benefiting the environment, wildlife, animals, and community of the area through monitored and measured conservation outcomes. Their reforestation efforts also provide job opportunities and livelihood for the local community, who APE Malaysia employs as field staff to work on the reforestation site.

(Planting Trees in Wildlife Corridor)

(Team with tree from local nurseries)

“APE Malaysia is happy to partner with BigPay in their Plant-a-tree campaign. This partnership allows us to plant more trees on our habitat restoration sites in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah,” shares Mazrul Mahadzir, Project Director, APE Malaysia. “We have recently seen more dialogue on climate change and to see companies like BigPay doing their part means a lot to us. This collaboration not only shows their commitment to the environment but will also benefit the local community that are involved in our project. We hope to see more companies doing their part in making a positive difference for the environment.”

The initiative follows the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), a crucial step to set worldwide emission targets to slow global warming. Reforestation through tree planting has become a cornerstone of climate mitigation as trees help absorb significant amounts of planet-warming greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, in turn offsetting carbon emissions and preserving biodiversity within the ecosystem. 

Animal Projects & Environmental Education Sdn.Bhd. (APE Malaysia), is an accredited social enterprise that connects everyday people with endangered animals in a sustainable, responsible,collaborative and unique way. APE Malaysia participate in on-going conservation projects with willing partners who share the same ethos and who are working towards common conservation outcomes. For more information, please contact info@apemalaysia.com.

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