Recognising the ongoing need to preserve the stunning natural surroundings that draw visitors to its pristine shores, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is expanding its environmental programme and inviting guests and local communities to help make a difference on land and below the water’s surface.
“Over the years, we’ve witnessed the rich ecosystem of Koh Phi Phi slowly deteriorating through manmade causes. Whether hotelier or local villager, the natural environs are our livelihoods, and we vow to do our part for this ecosystem we all call home,” said Mr. Chao Treenawong, General Manager of Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort.
A 5-acre plot on the resort grounds has been dedicated to the planting and nurturing of new mangrove trees. The tropical coastal vegetation protects shorelines from erosion, helps maintain water clarity, and provides breeding and nursery grounds for a number of marine organisms, but in recent decades environmentally unfriendly harvesting and fishing practices have begun to destroy the vegetation.
Resort guests will have the opportunity to join staff and community leaders in bi-annual mangrove planting events; when filled, the on-site plantation will hold upwards of 700 mangrove trees.
The 18th of every month has also been designated “Save The Sea Day” at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. On this day, trained staff members check and maintain the resort’s coral nursery with help from hotel guests and collect any garbage that has built up within a one-kilometre radius of the resort. After around 10 months when the coral is strong enough, it is transplanted onto the offshore reefs that surround the island to replenish the natural beauty beneath the sea.
In addition to these environmental initiatives, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort has also undertaken a number of other sustainable initiatives to reduce the impact of the resort’s ecological footprint. These include making natural fertilizer from food waste collected from the resort, using earthworms to dispose of wet food waste and introducing a number of efficient environmentally friendly water purification systems including an on-site state-of-the-art reverse osmosis plant.
“We aim to reduce the stress that’s put upon our environment and return balance to the delicate ecosystems to the best of our ability. With these initiatives in place, we hope to stand as a figurehead for a more environmentally sustainable Koh Phi Phi,” said Mr. Chao.