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Andaman coast to make UNESCO bid

THAILAND: Preparations are underway to nominate Andaman Marine Protected Areas as a World Heritage Site at a World Heritage Committee session in July, in the hopes of helping stimulate the economy post-COVID-19 while promoting a sense of pride among Thai people.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 03:30PM

Photo: Bangkok Post.

Photo: Bangkok Post.

The Thai government is preparing to add Andaman Marine Protected Areas to its tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage at the upcoming 44th session of the World Heritage Committee on 16-31 July.

The decision was reached in a virtual meeting of the national committee on the World Heritage Convention, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, and attended by the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Varawut Silpa-archa, and the Minister of Culture Ittipol Khunpluem.

The nomination process involves the inclusion of the Andaman Marine Protected Areas on Thailand’s tentative list, which will later be presented to the World Heritage Center.

The government anticipates this nomination will help promote a sense of pride in local heritage sites, while promoting the sites as learning and tourism attractions, which help attract more tourists and should stimulate the economy once the COVID-19 situation abates.

This effort to achieve world heritage nomination is also considered to comply with the National Reform Strategy on Natural Resources and the Environment.

Thailand has been elected to membership of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in the Asia-Pacific Group, valid for the 2019-2023 term.

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Capricornball | 26 May 2021 - 19:58:39

Funny to think that Thai officials just think..."Yeah...let's go for World Heritage status" without taking any actions to prepare for it or make any meaningful changes in environmental management. Kinda like a realtor holding an Open House without bothering to clean up all the dog-s#!^ stains off the floors and carpets. And K's right, lots of time to correct things, but officials...

Christy Sweet | 26 May 2021 - 09:19:49

The problem is people are not educated on waterway systems and have no idea why the daily coffee packet discarded off the front porch ends up in the ocean, to be swept onto the beach during western winds. Encrusted with garbage is Bang-Tao today. Maybe some ads on S.M. would help. 

Kurt | 26 May 2021 - 08:38:29

It is pleasant on Phuket roads without the poisoning black smog fuming busses. Asked myself what bus owners have done during past year to make their busses environmental acceptable for after opening Phuket? Did Phuket Officialdom ordered/set rules to have a cleaner tourist bus setting/ happening?

Kurt | 26 May 2021 - 08:16:13

We all see recovery of Thai nature because lesser tourists.  That Unesco thinking, just for sake to get ( later) more tourists  doesn't match with preservation/sustainability environmental talking. That is  not the aim.. The drive is: Tourist Money! Everything environmental has to suffer for that.

Capricornball | 25 May 2021 - 21:11:53

The junta looking for easy fixes. The fact is that the Andaman Coast, while certainly beautiful, is so poorly managed that it is totally unworthy of World Heritage status. And sorry, there is no pride by locals, or else they wouldn't be trashing the entire coastline on a daily basis. I can see the WH committee here and seeing the miles of trash-strewn shoreline. Sorry Thailand, not ready yet.


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