It ain’t Easy being Green – Koh Samui

Sustainable tourism with green holiday villa resort Coconut SamuiWith ever-growing pressures on its natural resources, the islanders of Koh Samui, especially tourism industry stakeholders, have taken a pro-active stance and are leading the charge to restore environmental quality.

The green island project Koh Samui ThailandSpearheaded by the Koh Samui Tourism Promotion Association, the Thai Hotels Association South-eastern Chapter and Samui Spa Association, with the full support of provincial authorities, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the “Green Island Project – Koh Samui” was officially launched on June 18, 2007. This three-phase conservation initiative aimed to protect and preserve the environment in order to ensure long-term sustainability.

The green island project is widely supported to save Koh Samui.Today, 4 years into the extended plan, the tell tale signs of success are beginning to rear its head. Activists have united with pacifists, and environmentalists with construction companies to combine efforts in every possible way to sustain this island’s future.

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2 Responses to It ain’t Easy being Green – Koh Samui

  1. In Samui says:

    How can you say that Koh Samui is succeeding at the Green Island Project? The beaches are still filthy, the water table is completely depleted and the demand on electricity for the resorts, that are still to this day being erected, demand more than can be provided, therefore indicating not only poor infrastructure planning, but also more of a burden on Thailand’s natural resources.

  2. No more burden on Koh Samui’s natural resources We wholeheartedly agree with your statement, but let’s consider where we might have been had we not initiated this program. At this point in time it is up to the individual to truly make an impact. Visit a green resort, or even better choose a holiday home to stay at and reduce the demand on 5-Star hotels so that the money-makers will stop building them. Pick a ‘green’ tour. Don’t take a plastic bag at 7-11 and most importantly of all reduce your personal usage of Thailand’s natural resources.

    Projects are only projects… what we leave for our children is up to us!

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