tourism is a good thing and has vast capacity to improve our economic lot. but if any potential boom is mismanaged then we might end up going from an economic lot to well, not a lot of economy.
Nilaveli beach in Trinco is generously polluted. Oh its not much by Colombo standards, but the signs of carelessness are all over the place. Discarded plastic bottles, bags, wrappers are all jousting around waiting to be picked up and recycled. Even Pigeon Island, a national park of sorts, has he requisite clutter denoting disrespect towards nature, despite the many park rangers mooching about.
If traffic improves the situation will worsen. I think the train services to Trinco should improve for instance, but easier access will mean more careless tourists and even more money hungry locals. They will do their bit to enjoy themselves and make more money, respectively, but they will not secure the beauty of the locality for posterity by raping mother nature.
Filling knowledge gaps are probably one way of solving this. local tourists are notorious for not giving much of a care to proper waste disposal. Maybe public promotion campaigns will help. Enforcement at the point of disposal is essential, but what would be ideally desirable is a self disciplining effect where people discipline each other with angry stares or threats of disapproving opinions if naughty acts are committed against the environment. Local stakeholders such as small scale operators in the tourism industry can b encouraged to also police conservation.
Just as importantly however, the necessary infrastructure must be provided and necessarily maintained. All this costs money, but of the government wants a steady and robust tourism industry well into the future it would do well to get itself good base for launch.
This is a beautiful country we have, it’d be nice to leave her beautiful for our children to enjoy as well. IF the radioactive nuclear waste from proposed nuclear plants doesn’t make us all impotent in the meanwhile, that is.