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In 2017, Palau became the first nation in the world to change its immigration laws on behalf of the environment when they introduced the Palau Pledge, which aims to tackle the impact of large-scale mass tourism on the country’s natural and cultural resources.⁠ ⁠ Visitors now have their passports stamped with an eco-pledge upon entering the country and by signing, they agree to act in an ecologically responsible way while they are on the island — for the sake of Palau’s children and future generations of Palauans. While visiting, guests must follow a sustainable tourism checklist or risk a fine. ⁠ ⁠ This checklist includes: ⁠ 🐚 not collecting marine life souvenirs, ⁠ 🦈 not feeding the fish and sharks, ⁠ 🌊 not stepping on coral, and ⁠ ♻️ not littering⁠ ⁠ The Palau Pledge also asks guests to support local businesses and communities, learn about the culture and people, and encourage others to respect the customs.⁠ ⁠ Children from all over Palau helped draft the pledge — and now tourists in Palau can feel included in maintaining the pristine beauty and biodiversity of the island for the next generation. So far, nearly half a million people have signed the pledge! ⁠ ⁠ We applaud and celebrate the bold conservation actions of Palau. Head to the link in our bio to learn more about how this island nation is protecting the ocean for both the good of their people and for the entire blue planet. ⁠ ⁠ Photo by @Mitty ⁠ ⁠ #TurningTheTide with @palaupledge and @palaunm⁠ ⁠ #OnlyOneOcean #PalauPledge #OceanNation⁠ ⁠