Thailand takes measures to environmental damage by tourism on islands to limit

The Thai government will adopt measures for the increased environmental damage due to tourism on three popular islands in the south of the country to reduce.

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From July, it is prohibited on the islands to fish, fish to feed, boats to anchor on coral reefs, to build on beaches and hiking on the seabed, said Jatuporn Burutphat, of the Thai department of marine and kustgrondstoffen. Whom the rules of his boot lapt, risking to one year prison and a fine of 100,000 baht (2.605 euros).

The three islands in question are Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. That third island is world-famous for its ‘Full Moon’-technofuiven and annually attracts almost a million tourists, but Koh Samui in 2016, more than 2.3 million tourists attracted.

‘The amount of waste and wastewater on the islands is so large that the situation in the near future become unbearable. We should think about the future, ” says Burutphat.

Cigarette butts

On 24 beaches across the country since February, even though a smoking ban in force, because of the enormous amount of cigarette butts that are dumped. The tourism industry in Thailand is good for 20 percent of the gross domestic product, and year after year greater and greater. The ministry of Tourism expected for 2018 37.5 million tourists, an increase compared to the 35.3 million in 2017.

At the end of February, the government announced is also something to want to do to the reputation of Thailand as a place for sex tourism.

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