Stakeholders urged to help make Boracay a friendly tourist destination

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 15 — Tourists and tourism stakeholders have been urged to take hands to make the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan as the “country’s model climate-friendly tourist destination.”

The campaign, dubbed “Save the Climate, Save Boracay” highlighted over the weekend a workshop on energy efficiency and “what resorts can do to lessen their climate footprint.”

The initiative gathered global environmental advocate group Greenpeace and experts from the Green Architecture Movement of United Architects of the Philippines, Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco), and Solar, Wind and Electric Power, Inc. (SWEP).

A Renewable Energy (RE) exhibition demonstrating how solar power can work for resorts as well as tourists was also organized by Solar Generation, the Greenpeace’s youth movement.

“Save the Climate, Save Boracay,” the first of its kind in the Philippines, was launched last June during the “Save the Climate Philippine Tour” of Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior.

A manifesto signed by Boracay’s tourism industry stakeholders pushes for the inclusion of energy efficiency measures and promotion of renewable energy use as part of environmental management plans for the island, particularly in the construction or expansion of establishments and the provision of regular energy audits.

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