Written by Administrator
Friday, 26 March 2010 10:06
Phuket Magazine has spent ten years displaying the incredible natural
beauty of the Andaman region, of which Phuket is a part. We are fully aware
that our magazine is one of the greatest motivators bringing foreign visitors
to this island, and of the responsibility we share in bringing more people
Human beings are, after all, at the root of almost all of the many problems
plaguing this region. The local population has expanded exponentially over the
past few generations, putting huge pressure on all natural resources here:
fisheries, wildlife, rainforests, coral reefs mangrove forests, etc. Helping to
bring in more people – tourists – thus carries some responsibilities.
The Agony of Reef & Rainforest Thailand’s
Andaman region is blessed with two of the world’s richest and most diverse
environments: the world’s oldest and most diverse rainforests onshore, while
offshore are wonderful examples of the world’s most species-rich environment,
tropical corals reefs.
But both of these environments are under attack by the forces unleashed by
humans. In the case of the rainforests only tiny remnants survive, and in those
many animals are threatened with extinction. The reefs offshore have also been
battered by over-fishing, by dynamite and cyanide and now by tourism.
The physical environment has survived much better. The rocky mountains of PhangNgaBay, the cliff faces of
Phi Phi and the beaches of Phuket all remain intact and stunningly beautiful.
The threat to them, overbuilding, is being addressed quite well, if a little
This environmental section of the Phuket’s major web site focuses mainly on the
two endangered environments, the reefs and rainforests, and their unfortunate
The future of this section
The section is far from completed, and when complete will carry dozens of pages
covering all manner of interesting topics, most being stories that have been
published in PHUKET Magazine during the past years.
We will continue adding to this section since PHUKET Magazine is redoubling its
efforts to find informative stories on these fascinating environments. We will
have more writers contributing, and we will go further afield in southern Thailand
looking for such stories and photographs.