Tourists visiting the nation of Palau will now have to sign an eco-pledge before entering the country. The pledge would be stamped into tourists passports, which they would have to sign before entering the country, according to Agence France-Presse.

Authorities hope that the new effort would reduce ecological damage driven by increased tourism.

“We rely on our environment to survive and if our beautiful country is lost to environmental degradation, we will be the last generation to enjoy both its beauty and life-sustaining biodiversity,” Palau President Tommy Remengesau told the AFP.

“Children of Palau, I take this pledge as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home. I vow to tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully. I shall not take what is not given. I shall not harm what does not harm me. The only footprints I shall leave are those that will wash away,” the pledge reads.


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