PLANS to convert Cebu and Bohol into eco-tourism destinations following the destruction brought by the 7.2 magnitude quake and Super Typhoon Yolanda last year are now being readied for implementation this year.
Tourism stakeholders of both provinces are now discussing the best environment-friendly and climate-smart practices of enterprises during the Promotionof Green Economic Development (ProGED) project at the Marco Polo hotel recently.
The main ingredient to this year’s planning session are the changes in framework conditions in Cebu and Bohol after last year’s calamities and learning inputs from different resource persons, including Thomas Finkel, representing COMO, a leading consultancy firm in Germany.
The planning session is complemented by a fun fellowship to strengthen the bond among the partners and collaborators of ProGED Project.
The practices discussed include changing light bulbs to LED lights; retrofitting existing buildings to optimise natural lighting and natural ventilation; recycling wastewater through reed bed system and linking local suppliers of organic products with the micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to contribute in conserving the environment. These same practices also reduced impact of human activities to the environment, greenhouse gas emissions and resulted to lower cost of operations, sustainable production and consumption.
Drivers from the transport sector went into training of fuel-efficient driving; resorts worked hand in hand with service providers to conduct energy audit and consult on green designs, toxic waste collector were linked with waste treaters and suppliers of equipment to reduce electricity.
Water costs were introduced to enterprises and service providers worked together to come up with green service packages that are affordable and accessible to MSMEs.
The Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) Project is a development cooperation project jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenar–beit GIZ and Department of Trade and Industry and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of MSMEs by adopting environment friendly and climate smart strategies.
It will run for three years, from January 2013 to December 2015. It was piloted in the tourism value chain of two provinces, Bohol and Cebu, with an aim to upscale outside the pilot areas from the second year onwards.
As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.