Koh Tao in Surat Thani province celebrated “Preserving Paradise: Save Koh Tao Festival” on March 26-26 marking the island’s dedication to protect the sea and island environment. IUCN Thailand, an active partner of MFF, supported the local Green Island Movement’s “Waste Management Exhibition and Practice Demonstration” during the festival. A forum organized by IUCN brought community leaders and members, and government representatives from Koh Tao and Surat Thani province, to discuss waste management initiatives in schools, households, and tourism establishments. The attendees affirmed the need for balance between preserving Koh Tao’s natural environment and developing economic opportunities from tourism and other activities. The island’s Waste Management program allows villagers, tourists, tour operators, and provincial authorities to maintain this balance.
Mrs. Anothai Teerasingha from the Regional Environment Office 14, Suratthani explained that the waste management program is a very important community-building tool for residents, especially for students and children. She mentioned that the neighboring island of Koh Phangan is also working with Koh Tao and the provincial administration for continued awareness and promotion of the waste management campaign.