Thailand is paving a sustainable, responsible tourism path that’s both admirable and effective

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Ko Mae Ko in Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park.

Thailand is making moves in the right direction to protect its vast natural and scenic beauty, having instigated a range of environmental initiatives and green-minded programmes in different industry and economic sectors. Among the primary objectives is the significant reduction of single-use plastics and other plastic waste.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has taken a leading role in these commendable nationwide efforts. In its ongoing mission to build on and further enhance the practice of sustainable and responsible tourism, the national tourist office has launched a series of programmes and campaigns in cooperation with different organisations.

In August 2018, TAT threw its full support behind the introduction by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) of a ban on single-use plastics at 154 national parks around Thailand. A much-welcome move to reduce the amount of rubbish polluting the natural environment and threatening the kingdom’s wildlife, the ban covers plastic bags, plastic utensils, straws, capped water bottles, foam food containers and essentially any plastic item that is typically used once and then thrown away.

In place of plastics, visitors to the parks are being encouraged to use materials that are more environmentally-friendly and which can be used over and over again. Banners produced to support the campaign carry messages that prompt people to think of the harm throw away plastic does to the environment and to instead act in an environmentally-friendly way.

One thought-provoking sign, in particular, stands tall on the beach at Ko Mae Ko in the beautiful Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, which spreads across 102 sq km in the Gulf of Thailand alongside the famous resort islands of Samui and Phangan. Ko Mae Ko and its gorgeous inland lake is one of the Park’s highlighted attractions, and the sign displays the message ‘How long until it’s gone?’ underneath which has pictured items like paper cups, cigarette butts and aluminium cans along with the time it takes for each to biodegrade.

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