Latest Phuket has been warned: deal with garbage, water pollution now or face the prospect of a period of degradation from which the holiday island may not recover.
Phuket needs a 10-year or 20-year strategy to stave off environmental degradation from garbage, bad water and over-development, a leading city planner warns.
Dr Jamnern Woraratchaiphan told mayors and town planners that Phuket could have as little as five years before worsening pollution triggered irreversible damage.
''Polluted water is allowed to flow into canals and into the sea,'' he said. ''Inevitably, this means tourists will contract skin complaints and infections.
''The forests are being cleared for resorts or condos, or rubber plantations. But water can't find its way through a 'concrete forest,' so Phuket inevitably has flooding and landslips.''