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Thailand | Spurred by COVID experience, Thailand will close all NPs for 3 months per year

Houston/Bangkok/Manila: Thai Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has wanted for decades to give the country’s national parks time to recover from the damage caused by an endless stream of tourists. Covid-19 gave him the chance.


Now, able to see the benefit of giving nature a respite, Varawut is going further. He has decreed that all national parks in Thailand will close for an annual average of three months, beginning in 2021. It’s a bold move to make the nation’s vital tourism industry more sustainable — one that puts him at odds with many businesses in hotspots like Phuket that are being crushed by re-opening delays.


https://theprint.in/world/how-covid-gives-thailand-national-parks-a-chance-to-recover-from-damage-caused-by-tourism/524042/

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