Travel and tourism stakeholders can now become shareholders in the GoGreen Credits Impact Fund which essentially is a value-based investment channel and platform targeting investments in "for-profit" environmental and social impact commercial companies operating in Southeast Asia.
Investments That Benefits Southeast Asia Tourism Destinations, Seas, Oceans and Your Profits.
The sparkling blue waters of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand lapping against the white-sands of an idyllic tropical island; a picturesque portrait of Thailand as a beautiful beach paradise. However, just beneath the surface, marine life is at risk and the beauty of Thailand's tourism appeal in danger of being scarred for life; a victim of irresponsible travel and tourism that is ruining the very natural beauty of Thailand that it so rampantly desires to behold.
Thailand boasts some of the most iconic seascapes ever, such as the limestone karsts of Krabi and Phang Nga Bay as well as world-class dive spots which include the Similan Islands along with PADI courses in Phuket and Koh Samui. While marine national parks offer protection, the sheer volume and impact of visitors and the race to cash-in on tourism is devastating Thailand's marine environment.
Impact investments for marine life protection
Local tourism businesses and international travel and tour operators thrive on the popularity of Thailand. However, as part of the problem of negatively impacting environmental and marine sustainability, they have an obligation and a responsibility to be part of the solution. It is in the best commercial interests and ethical code of tourism-centric organizations to protect Thailand's marine life. Impact investments
Beachfront hotels and resorts; big tour operators, not only in Thailand, but also other countries Southeast Asia; property developers and real-estate agents; locals, foreign and expat business owners operating close to beaches or within the travel and tourism industry; restaurants; snorkel, dive and yacht charter companies; farmers and fishermen; and water sport businesses; the list of those financially profiting and responsible for looking after marine health is long and in a world of accountability, transparent.
Coral reefs are dying, and Thai islands has been closed for Tourists
Environmental ignorance is killing Thailand's coral reefs and the situation is dire. Coral bleaching on 80% of reefs in some areas has been shockingly discovered recently in a Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation survey. This has prompted the closure of 10 popular dive sites for an unspecified time from the east down to the south of Thailand. The islands of Tachia, Khai Nok, Khai Nui and Khai Nai have all been closed due to the impact of "excessive tourism."
Since Thailand is so tourist-dependent, this move to close parts of the marine lands is a drastic measure and one that reveals the true risk to Thailand's dying coral reefs. After all, without them, the marine ecosystems are in jeopardy and so are all those businesses relying on visitors flocking to experience Thailand's priceless natural assets.
The threat to beaches, mangroves
With many millions of tourists, the impact on the beaches, mangroves and the marine environment is huge. Harm to the delicate balance of ocean biodiversity includes sewage running into the oceans; muddy run-offs from continuous development and construction projects; stocks are close to exhaustion because of overfishing; inexperienced scuba divers; and irresponsible dive and snorkel expeditions focused on profits alone at the expense of the environment.
Tour boats pollute the waters and carry tourists out to see who then feed fish bread. It prevents species such as sergeant-majors from feeding on fast-growing algae which can quickly cover and smother coral reefs. Many marine life species are included on the IUCN's Red List for Threatened Species in Thailand, as well as other Southeast Asia countries.
Join The GoGreen Credits Impact Fund - Vision; 'Seas and Coral Reefs - Fit For Life'
Clean seas and healthy coral reefs that support abundant marine life are the foundations for sustainable tourism destinations and livelihoods for the enjoyment of all. Putting sustainable food in the hotels, resorts, restaurants
Those who benefit from, or simply value, Southeast Asia marine beauty have a clear reason and motivation to rejuvenate and cherish it; and the time to act is now before it is too late.