Tourism cannot be accompanied by destroying our natural resources
It is a shame to learn that, just as domestic tourism is picking up with record-low Covid numbers in the country, our culture of littering and disregard for our environment and eco-systems continue to destroy the natural beauty that Bangladesh offers.
An example of this are the haor regions of Bangladesh, which, in addition to having become popular tourist attractions for Bangladeshis, are important eco-systems comprising different species of fish, aquatic animals, and plant life -- all of which are disrupted by the unchecked pollution that has followed the rise of tourism in these parts.
Putting all the blame on the people is also not the way to go; yes, we expect our citizens to be more aware and conscious about the environment, and littering under any circumstances should be a practice that is eliminated for good. However, the onus also falls on the authorities concerned to raise awareness about the issue of littering and dumping garbage, and instead of pointing fingers, assisting and cooperating with the tourists, so that they too are more mindful and conscientious about our eco-systems.
Furthermore, there is an urgent need for proper planning on how to manage the number of tourists to the region, and keep it at a point where the natural eco-system, be they the food cycle of the fish and animals, or the arrival of migratory birds, is not harmed.
Domestic tourism is certainly a boon for the nation’s overall economy, and more should be done to encourage it. However, tourism cannot be accompanied by destroying our natural resources, and moving forward, we must prioritize protecting them.