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Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:24

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – Low flow showerheads and faucets with aerators, new generation fluorescent lamps, maximized natural lighting and basic energy conservation measures to tourism stakeholders—all of these for a better eco-destination brand for Bohol.

This came up during a tourism stakeholders’ forum on August 10 where experts in environment conservation and resort owners met to exchange ideas on gearing up Bohol towards a greener tourism industry that will earn for it greater profits.

During the Stakeholders Workshop on Greening the Tourism Value Chain”, experts from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) presented options to local hotel and resort operators which could redound to greater operational profits plus a truer brand for Bohol as eco destination.

The workshop, in support of the Department of Trade and Industry’s value chain for the tourism private sector promotion came as a follow through activity of the early value-chain workshops.

This is to engage local tourism stakeholders to adopt more environment friendly technologies and processes that will make a difference, explained Uwe Sturmann, GIZ Private Stakeholder Program component manager in his activity rationale.

The end goal is to help them raise their profits, help reduce carbon footprint and help the people in the communities, she said.
For Sturmann, this becomes a better opportunity for Bohol to stake a claim for Bohol as eco-destination.

Sturmann also discussed open options for waste management, water and energy conservation efficiency, transport and supply chains that can be adopted for more eco-friendly operations.

Environmental impacts to tourism can be mitigated through the use of correct processes and technologies, stressed GIZ national consultant Manuel Gloria.
Gloria who presented hotel findings of a survey on solid waste and water usage practices in Cebu and Bohol said a simple replacement from conventional to a low flow shower head can already mean more savings in water and resource.

He also added dual flush water toilets and low flow faucets with aerators in resort operations can mean thousand of pesos in savings.
This should also help us “conserve the environment as key tourism resource” and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The idea is to reduce the carbon footprint which is exuded by heavy reliance on fossil fuel, inefficient appliances and fixtures, improper waste disposal and inability to maximize on the natural energy available, he said.

It may not be big enough but we can take the lead and ask bigger countries to follow, Sturmann said. --REY ANTHONY H. CHIU