The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) and the Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ISMED) introduced Koh Mak in September 2014 as a special area for sustainable tourism development. To lower emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants on the island, locals are urged to use alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, implement water and waste management, and preserve local activities and traditional ways of life. There are many ways that this strategy is implemented on the island. Many restaurants start to emphasize the use of raw materials which can be produced on the island, growing seasonal vegetables on ecological farms and using only fresh seafood by adjusting the menu accordingly to what fishermen can fish each day. Solar panels are being more often used as alternative source of power. To keep the island clean the administration organizes regular cleaning days in which some tourists and expats gladly participate.
As a part of that strategy the island is offering for tourists environment-friendly activities such as cycling, kayaking and sailing. So eventually, all locals and visitors can enjoy living and relaxing in unspoiled and clean environment.