Hilton Celebrates World Environment Day Supporting Aruba Birdlife Conservation
Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino partnered with Aruba Birdlife Conservation for a cleanup of the Bubali Wetlands this past Saturday, June 6, in honor of World Environment Day. Each year, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5, and it is the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern, and this year’s theme is biodiversity. The Bubali Wetlands are among the 16 areas which will become part of Aruba’s National Park. In 2012, Aruba Birdlife Conservation requested the Parliament of Aruba to have 16 nature areas protected and placed under direct management of Aruba’s National Park. Among the areas are the Ramsar Wetland, Spanish Lagoon, and four Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). Under the Birdlife International protocol, the Bubali Wetlands are among the four most important bird areas for Aruba and the Caribbean.
The wetland area is significant for the near threatened Caribbean Coot (Fulica Caribaea), and is also a habitat range for other waterbirds and numerous migratory shorebirds. This bird sanctuary is comprised of 59 hectares and has two hundred registered bird species.
To celebrate World Environment Day, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino invited its team members to come together and contribute to the cause. “The team members and I are honored to partner with Aruba Birdlife Conservation for this cleanup,” said Vasco v. Baselli, general manager. “This project aligns with Hilton’s Travel with Purpose, our corporate responsibility strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel and tourism globally.”