Chonburi, 10th September 2018 – Citizens and business operators on Koh Si Chang have voiced their support for the use of Article 17 of the Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act after finding the island’s maritime resources in deterioration.
Over 300 residents of Chonburi’s Koh Si Chang involved in maritime transport gathered at the island’s municipal office for a discussion on the use of Article 17 of the Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act, which requires a referendum to apply.
Mayor of Koh Si Chang, Damrong Petra acknowledged that most residents of the island agree with implementation of the article to better care for its environment and to empower authorities against those damaging its natural resources. They wish to see serious action taken to reduce deterioration of the island’s maritime resources.
Director-General of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Jatuporn Buruspat explained that Koh Si Chang and its neighbors have long suffered from environmental deterioration caused by the more than 1,000 transport boats that use the area. A committee to address issues of illegal waste dumping and environmental enhancement has now been established by the Governor of Chonburi.