Palau lies in the western Pacific about halfway between Japan and Australia.All the visitors are being made to sign a promise to respect the environment in Palau islands. This is an innovative move that authorities hope will curb ecological damage caused by booming numbers of tourist.
This country was claimed to be a world first to make this eco-pledge. The “Palau Pledge” is stamped onto visitors’ passports and they must be signed upon arrival in the country.
“I take this pledge as your guest, to protect and preserve your beautiful island home. I vow to tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully.” This symbolic pledge was written with the help of Palau’s children and President Tommy Remengesau to preserving the environment for future generations.
“Conservation is at the heart of our culture. We rely on our environment to survive and if our beautiful country is lost to environmental degradation, we will be the last generation to enjoy both its beauty and life-sustaining biodiversity,” he said.
The Palau Pledge aims to encourage environmentally habits in visitors. If action is not taken now, it will get to the point where it is too late to protect some of the unique parts of the country.