How one island nation is taming tourists
PALAU, an archipelago made up of some 200 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, has introduced a “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before entering the country. The island community has introduced the unique pledge in the hope it will help preserve their homeland for the generations to come.
It is the first nation to change its immigration laws in order to protect the environment.
While tourism can bring many social and economic benefits to a region, it can also cause extensive damage. Mass tourism in Palau is having a devastating impact on the limestone and volcanic islands, with its rich biodiversity under threat. Water supply, beaches, coral reefs and heritage sites are all affected.
“I vow to tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully. I shall not take what is not gi…
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