Take an oath to an environment: access condition for tourists to go to Palau

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Published on 14/12/17 - Updated on 17/03/22

Îles Palaos

To protect the environment from human activity, the Republic of Palau asks tourists to take an oath.

Characterised by crystalline waters, an intact coral reef and abundant marine life, Palau has been a favorite of a small group of connoisseurs. In 2016, Palau welcomed 150,000 tourists, a 70% increase over 2010. Faced with growing tourist arrivals, the government decided to implement a measure encouraging environmentally responsible behavior. The actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who is committed to environmental causes, praised it saying he is “proud to support the #SermentdePalaos” on Twitter. The Palau Islands are thus trailblazers as they make environmental concerns a condition for entering the territory. Each tourist entering the must sign an oath – the Palau Pledge – stamped in their passport: “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.”
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