Palau Island introduces unique ‘passport pledge’ for the visitors

Published on : Wednesday, January 3, 2018

indexPalau Island on western Pacific Ocean is an archipelago of 200 isles has recently launched a “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before they enter the country. Of late, the island community has set up this unique pledge expecting that it will protect their home for the future generations.

At present, Palau Island would be the first country to make changes in its immigration laws to guard the environment.

At the same time, tourism has the potential to welcome many social as well as economic profits to a region. Also, it can welcome extensive damage, side by side. In Palau, mass tourism is creating a shocking impact on volcanic islands and limestone, bringing its rich biodiversity to the borderline of danger. Because of it, water supply, coral reefs, beaches and heritage sites are all adversely impacted.

To quote the pledge, “Children of Palau, I take this pledge, as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home.

“I vow to tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully. I shall not take what is not given. I shall not harm what does not harm me. The only footprints I shall leave are those that will wash away.”

It is stamped in visitors’ passports and tourists must sign them before they are permitted to enter the country.

Who are found breaking the terms and conditions of the pledge may be fined as well.


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