Saving the Seas of life

Koh Tao is one of the world’s 10 most wonderful diving destinations. The coral reef of Koh Tao exhibits abundant diversity and beauty, attracting at least 320,000 tourists from around the globe annually and has gained more than two billion baht income locally and nationally per year.

However, the Island has been rapidly developed non-stop, causing unwise business or activities being created, such as those releasing waste into the sea, run off from the hill to the coral reefs, killing or breaking coral, throwing anchors onto coral reef and so on.  All will affect the marine ecosystem negatively. Therefore, we must raise awareness, research, monitor coral and endangered species and set up proper rules and regulations in order to manage our marine natural resources used in our tourism industry.

Preserve Paradise…Keep it clean, keep it green

If one person throw one piece of rubbish on the ground per day then that person throw 365 pieces of rubbish in one year, but Koh Tao has more than one person, in fact 320,000 people per year, if all throw more than one piece of rubbish…

Turtle ReleaseLet’s think how much rubbish will remain on this small Island!

Rubbish seems like a small problem effecting the tourism business, but it isn’t!! It is a major problem occurring due to tourism development along with deforestation, lack of freshwater, wastewater release, infrastructure, including social problems.

However, Koh Tao family has very strong networking and they are entrepreneurs on the Koh Tao tourism business. Therefore, raising awareness and participating in natural resource and environmental management is crucial to pass on clean, white sand and abundant forest for the next generation.

Divide rubbish…reduce using plastic bag

With the increasing numbers of people coming to Koh Tao, the amount of rubbish is increasing. Steps need to be taken to keep the Island in a pristine state. Over the years there have been many initiatives to help preserve the beautiful island of Koh Tao. A collective effort is needed for clean ups on both the surface and under the water. These clean up events not only help the environment, but also create awareness amongst both the local population and tourists.

Land and underwater clean ups are a community affair. Helping to raise awareness amongst all who volunteer themselves, such an event is an excellent opportunity to educate our children-future leaders of the world we leave behind.

The last joint clean up day was in Mae Hadd. The event was attended by the island elders, local business people, over 100 scuba divers cleaning under the water, tourist volunteers and local school children. Over 1,000 kilos of rubbish was collected. Please click to read the Koh Tao monthly rubbish report for more details.

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Forest restoration…Reef rehabilitation at Tanote Bay

- King grass plantation, check dam construction, marine ecological impact assessment.

According to a local Koh Tao brainstorming among members of the marine conservation team, including over 30 Thai and foreigners diving instructors, found that  the first priorityy of marine crisis need to solve urgently was running off cover the reef at Tanote bay…the bay which is one of the most beauty and high biodiversity of Koh Tao.

It caused of the reservoir construction in purpose of water supplying of Water resource department, Ministry of Natural Resource and environment in 2006. Moreover, the project wasn’t doing the environmental impact assessment and also didn’t do the public hearing about the pro and con of the project at all.

Education for sustainable development

The children and the youth on Koh Tao have been growing up amid a concrete tourism business society. They are used to meeting various nationalities, hear many languages and experience many cultures from tourist around the world.

They experience new technology, such as computers and scuba equipment in which are complicated and changing all the time… nowadays they are been taken further away from family bonds and their local roots bit by bit…

However, if we learn how to adapt and gain knowledge in development, modernize educational processes, learning with a formal curriculum, open to outside classroom learning,   they will learn about their own community and natural resources and learn to respect their own environment. Building a learning community, which won’t be limited usder the current educational framework or by join us by developing education for sustainability in life, culture and the environment all together.

Koh Tao Community History

Koh Tao is a small Island where some people thought its shape looks like a peanut, but the Islander said that if we look from Pha-ngan Island, it is shaped like a turtle. The Island area is about 25 sq.m located in Koh Tao sub-district in Pha-Ngan district, Surattani province. It used to out of survey and not exist in Thailand map before. Nevertheless, The King Rama 5, --------visited and left as their monogram at Jor Por Rao Bay next to Sai Ree as we can see the tracks till nowadays.

In the past, Koh Tao was used as a political prison. Many of Baworadej prisoners were transferred from Tarutao Island to Koh Tao in the reason of being an isolated Island in the gulf of Thailand, only wide sea was freedom control. One of them was also Sor-Sethabute, the famous Thai-English dictionary author. In the mean time, there were local people being settled down and had been fishing, coconut palm plantation, rice paddy and orchard.