Easter Islandisle of Easter
Minister of Tourism Monica Zalaquett says that the action is now being taken to save the island. In addition, President Sebastian Pinera has accelerated a bill to rename Easter Island Rape Nui - as the island's inhabitants call it. In 1888 Chile conquered the island. It' located about 2,200 kilometers (3,500) from Chile.
By restricting tourists, Chile is working to conserve Easter Island.
This move is intended to preserve the island's cultural and environmental assets. On Wednesday, the Peruvian government placed new limits on Easter Island residents, with President Sebastian Potera himself in favour of the measures to safeguard the area. "It' s a magic island, we all want to go, but it is also a delicate island and that's why we have to take action," said Poera on the country's 24-hour newscast.
This secluded island is known worldwide as the home of the huge Moai sculptures made by the natives of Rafa Nui. 1722 the discoverer Jacob Roggeveen from the Netherlands was the first in Europe to explore the Pacific Island, about 3,500 kilometres westward of the main land of Chile. However, in recent years the island has seen ten thousand tourists per year.
This is not only for non-Chilean visitors, but also for Chileans who are not part of the local Rapa Nui people. Travelers must now complete a specific booking request and present travel documents to confirm their booking or a welcome from a resident of the island.
These limitations do not extend to Rapa Nui residents' family. They would also indemnify officials, persons working for enterprises providing government service and persons developing an autonomous business operation with their family. A 2017 public opinion survey against external "customs" showed that 7,750 inhabitants live on the island, almost twice as many as just a few years ago.
He also lamented that "customs from the continent" infiltrated the island. Ten years ago, the Easter Island resident produced 1.4 tonnes of waste per year, today it is 2.5 tonnes. "The island is very vulnerable from an environmental point of view," Gutierrez said.
Edmunds thinks that the new limitations do not go far enough, as he prefers a "total" prohibition for newcomers.