The Davao City tourism industry leaders are initiating a Green Tourism Forum on Environmental Stewardship on March 8 at the Marco Polo Davao.
Mary Ann M. Montemayor, convenor of Green Alliance for Davao said the forum aims to tackle relevant and pressing environmental issues affecting the tourism industry such as the power energy crisis in the region.
Recognizing the industry as one of the major users of energy, the forum intends to introduce an energy-saving lifestyles hopefully adopted by the tourism and business stakeholders, she said.
She said spearheading the forum is the Green Alliance for Davao, a green movement composed of various tourism and business groupings, in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and The Marco Polo Davao.
The forum will be attended by tourism stakeholders and academe.
With green tourism as the focal point, Montemayor said an international consultant on sustainable tourism and sustainable regional development, Dr. Stefanos Fotiou of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will speak on “Greening the Tourism Industry: The Role of Standards and Certification.
Dr. Fotiou has been working in the UNEP since March 2006 as the coordinator of its Tourism and Environment unit wherein its objective is to mainstream sustainable forms of economic efficient tourism that safeguard the environment and promote social progress.
Other topics to be discussed during the forum are Climate Change Adaptation for Sustainable Tourism by Elisea Gozun, project director, City Development Strategies of the League of Cities of the Philippines, Presentation on Sustainable Resource Management in information and communication technology (ICT) by Bert Barriga, president, ICT-Davao, Green Practices of Marco Polo Davao by Nigel Fisher, general manager, The Marco Polo Davao, Updates on Tourism Services and Regional Offices by Department of Tourism undersecretary Oscar P. Palabyab.
Presentation of the Earth Hour 2010 will be discussed by Catherine Maceda Co-convenor, Switch.
The Briefer on the Power Crisis Situation and Enercon Tips will be handled by Engr. Antonio de Guzman, chief science and research specialist of the Department of Energy (DOE). (Source : PNA)