Popular tourist attractions are always appealing to visitors, it is understandable that people are curious about them and want to experience and explore nature more. And in turn, this will also bring huge economic effects to the city. However, the downside of this issue can never be ignored by us. For some natural landscapes, too many visitors may cause some damage to the local ecosystem which is hard to recover.
According to foreign media reports, a famous beach in Thailand—Maya Bay, has been declared indefinitely closed due to the excessive number of tourists, causing damage to coral reefs and vegetation.
What we have done in the past?
It is known that the Maya Bay in Phi Phi Island, Thailand is beautifully landscaped. It was designated as the National Park of Thailand in 1983. Later, the movie “Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed there. As a result, it has become a world-famous beach, with up to 5,000 visitors a day. As one of the hottest resorts in recent years. Maya Bay has soft white beaches, tranquil blue waters, natural rock caves, unspoiled natural features, and deep seas with many corals. You can enjoy the blue waves and sneak into the underwater world.
However, in recent decades, Thailand has unrestrainedly promoted the development of tourism, causing the number of tourists far exceeds the capacity that the bay can afford. This has greatly reduced the number of corals and caused great damage to the local coral reefs and vegetation.
What we are trying to do now?
In order to prevent tourists from causing greater damage to the environment, Maya Bay has been closed since June this year. The National Park Wildlife and Plant Protection Department recently announced that the ban will continue. The director of the National Park Office told reporters: “The four-month closure is not enough. We need at least one year or two years, or even longer to restore the environment.”
In order to protect the ecology of the area, Thailand has introduced a number of stringent measures, such as prohibiting the attraction and littering, prohibiting man-made damage to corals, etc., and those who violate the law will be fined up to $2,300 and sentenced to life imprisonment for more than half a year.
To better restore the ecology, the Maya Bay National Park Rangers also launched a coral breeding program that attached the coral to the rock and placed it in the bay. And they also set a rule that when the bay reopens, it will limit 2,000 visitors per day.
What we can do in the future?
It must be acknowledged that the closure of popular attractions means that the local economy will be damaged, but the authorities can still make such a decision in order to protect the environment. This is worthy of our respect. After all, although the tourists can get temporary income, the environment is priceless.
Therefore, as our individuals, we are supposed to make our efforts to protect the environment. It is our duty to avoid anything that is harmful to the environment and take part in activities that help protect our nature. After all, we live on the same planet and share with the same limited resources, damaging our nature has no difference with destroying our human being in the end!