When tourists arrive, they will be asked to sign the Pledge to protect our environment for our children.
Palau has created a world-first conservation pledge, stamped in passports for visitors to sign a declaration to protect its environment and culture for the next generation. This compulsory promise is made directly to the children of Palau, to preserve this country, their home. On December 7, 2017, Palau became the first country to update its immigration policy and landing procedures to implement legislation with the goal of preserving Palau’s vibrant culture and the beauty of natural environment for future generations. Based on the Palauan tradition of BUL* and written with the help of Palau’s children, the Palau Pledge will be stamped and signed in the passports of every visitor.
The pioneering project draws attention to the ecological challenges related to tourism, with the future of the Palauan children in mind. It further seeks to change the damaging impact of human activity on the local ecosystem, especially as the number of visitors to the island continues to rise. Palau has a long history of world-firsts in conservation. It was the first country to create a shark sanctuary in its national waters, the first to ban the destructive practice of bottom trawling, and in 2015, Palau’s leadership created the Palau National Marine Sanctuary: the largest fully-protected, no-take zone in the world. And all of Palau hopes that other countries will follow suit to protect this planet for the children worldwide.
For more information visit The Palau Pledge