On 8 April 2022, Timor Port, a subsidiary of Bolloré Ports and operator of the container terminal at the new port of Dili in Timor-Leste, launched the mangrove conservation area in Tibar Bay.
A few months before work begins at Timor Port, the initiatives to protect the eco-system of this future deep water port are continuing. Timor Port and its local partner, the NGO KFF (Konservasaun Flora no Fauna) have planted the first 500 trees in this conservation area. This ceremony took place in the presence of representatives of the Timorese environmental authority and local authorities.
The launch of this mangrove conservation area is part of its Biodiversity Action Plan. Timor Port will then plant 3.5 hectares of mangroves, which is equivalent to a total of 18,000 trees. It is also about ensuring the protection of a 20-hectare mangrove area in the immediate vicinity of the port.
“We are extremely satisfied with the realisation of this beautiful project. Similarly, and still within the framework of our action plan in favour of biodiversity, Timor Port is finalising its programme for the rehabilitation and conservation of sea grass beds, and for the implementation of a protected area for sea turtles. In total, almost 23 hectares of seabed will be protected”, said Laurent Palayer, Managing Director of Timor Port.
“This initiative is a testament to how seriously we take our commitments and measures to protect the environment. With our Green Terminal label, which mainly aims to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment as much as possible, the preservation of biodiversity has clearly become a central theme. It reflects our societal commitment to local stakeholders and the Timorese authorities”, said Olivier de Noray, Ports and Terminals Managing Director of Bolloré Ports.
About Timor Port
The Bolloré Group was chosen in 2016 to build and operate the future deep sea port of Dili. It selected China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to construct the port of Tibar to the west of Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. The Group won the 30-year concession in June 2016 as part of a public-private partnership, the first in Timor-Leste. This port platform, which meets international standards, will be equipped with the most modern container handling and general cargo equipment, which will enable container ships of more than 7,000 TEUs to be operated.
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