Nickelodeon introduced right this moment (Wednesday, August 22) that it has deserted plans for a resort in Palawan following a backlash from environmentalists.
In January, the American kids’s tv channel revealed plans for an “undersea attraction and resort” that the place guests might “interact with the brand and the iconic characters they love” — similar to SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.
The plans triggered criticism from environmentalists who mentioned it might threaten the world’s marine ecosystem, and an petition opposing the challenge quickly attracted greater than 260,000 signatures.
Viacom International Media Networks, which owns Nickelodeon, mentioned right this moment it had deserted the scheme, which might have coated 1,000 acres.
In an announcement despatched to AFP the corporate mentioned: “Viacom and Nickelodeon will no longer be involved with this proposed development.”
The firm added that the choice was “mutually agreed” with its Philippine companion, Coral World Park.
No particulars have been given in regards to the causes for pulling out.
Conservation teams have dubbed Palawan “the last ecological frontier” as a consequence of its pristine coastlines and forests.
It is house to 2 UNESCO World Heritage-listed websites, the Puerto Princesa subterranean river and the Tubbataha coral reefs.
When asserting the challenge in January, Viacom and Coral World Park highlighted the challenge’s “ocean conservation focus” and included plans for a large marine sanctuary.
Despite the resort’s declare of getting inexperienced credentials, environmental teams have claimed right this moment’s announcement as a victory.
Vince Cinches of Greenpeace Southeast Asia mentioned: “We commend Viacom for heeding the decision of greater than 200,000 on-line petitioners and the offline group marketing campaign.
“They were able to dodge the bullet that has a huge reputational backlash for Nickelodeon which has been claiming it is children oriented.”
However, the manager director of environmental group Save Philippine Seas, Anna Oposa, mentioned the marketing campaign in opposition to the event was not over.
“Our position and strategy will not change: we’ll continue to call on the local government of Coron and provincial government of Palawan to reject the project,” she mentioned.