Thai national park wins prestigious environmental award

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park wins award, photo by Ban Muang.

Thailand struggles to maintain its environment due to pollution, but some national parks are fighting to protect the country’s natural beauty.

A national park in Thailand‘s Prachuap Khirik Khan province won a prestigious environmental award. The country’s Department of Environmental Quality Promotion and the Department of National Parks awarded Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park with the Green National Park Shield Award, Hua Hin Today reported on Friday.

The park is being acknowledged for its efforts to protect the region’s natural beauty and biodiversity, while also promoting sustainable tourism practices.

The Green National Park Shield award is given to parks that exhibit exceptional environmental management practices. This includes in areas such as as waste management, energy efficiency, and conservation efforts. Out of 26 entrants to the award, Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park was found to have a status of “very good” after scoring 79.62%.

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park was established in 1966. The park has a variety of diverse ecosystems, which include mangrove forests, freshwater marshes, limestone cliffs, and sandy beaches. The park’s name, which translates to “mountain with three hundred peaks,” refers to the breathtaking karst formations that dominate the landscape.

The park is a tourist magnet, yet it has successfully balanced conservation efforts with sustainable tourism practices. The park has implemented various environmental management initiatives, including waste reduction campaigns, beach cleanup efforts, and educational programmes aimed at promoting eco-friendly behaviour among visitors.

Furthermore, the park has actively supported local communities and encouraged responsible tourism practices. For instance, the park provides training programmes and job opportunities for local residents, while also encouraging visitors to support local businesses and purchase sustainable souvenirs.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park’s efforts in preserving the region’s natural beauty and biodiversity while promoting sustainable tourism practices are highly commendable. The Green National Park Shield award is a well-deserved recognition of the park’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable tourism.

Thailand has over 100 national parks. Many of the country’s national parks are home to rare and endangered species, such as the Asian elephant, tiger, and gaur. National parks in Thailand also play an important role in protecting the country’s cultural heritage. Many parks are home to historic temples, shrines, and other cultural landmarks.

Thailand’s national parks are an important part of the country’s tourism industry, attracting millions of visitors each year and generating significant revenue for local communities. The country’s national parks offer picturesque scenery to embark on adventures and explore.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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