KUCHING: The Rainforest World Music Festival is taking steps to further reduce its carbon footprint this year.
Now in its 20th edition, the festival aims to increase its environmental sustainability, contributing not only to the preservation of culture and art but also nature.
“The festival is uniquely positioned, as a locally held and internationally recognised event, to create a positive social, environmental and economic impact that can benefit the Sarawak people,” Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) events and corporate relations director Angelina Bateman said in a statement.
The green initiatives taken by festival organiser STB include providing shuttle buses to reduce carbon emission as well as waste segregation at the venue.
In 2011, a tree-planting initiative was introduced, giving performers, sponsors and volunteers the opportunity to contribute to the local ecosystem.
Last year, STB expanded its green activities by collaborating with social enterprise Biji Biji Initiative to implement food waste management at the festival.
Over 300kg of food waste was collected, of which 195kg was used for compost.
The rest was used by Worming Up, a local initiative that converts food waste into bio-protein for fertiliser and animal feed.
“The amount collected was considerably small but was a good start in creating awareness,” Bateman said.
She said the project faced some snags in its first year, such as shortage of compost and recycling bins and the disposal of waste into the wrong bins.
Steps have been taken to address these issues, she added.
This year’s festival will take place on July 14-16 at the Sarawak Cultural Village with wellness programmes, talks, interactive mini sessions and nightly concerts featuring over 20 international and local bands.