Islands

Islands

Santorini Water Bottles

I’ve spent quite a bit of time on islands during the past year — Serifos, Syros, Naxos, Samos, Patmos, Santorini (Greece); Koh Lanta, Surin Islands (Thailand); Phu Quoc (Vietnam); Japan; Sri Lanka; Bali, Lombok (Indonesia).  One problem these places share is how to handle the impact of tourism.  Here are a few observations about island municipalities »

– Need stronger environmental protection laws and harsh penalties for violations
– Need to enforce energy and water conservation policies strictly
– Need better waste management strategy, policy, and process
– Need consumer water supply alternatives to plastic water bottles
– Need electric vehicles and car-sharing for short term visitors
– Need to provide visitors with traffic laws immediately upon arrival/rental
– Need to accurately weigh commercial and tourism industries’ needs