In 2019, Greening the Islands will expand its horizons to the Asia-Pacific region with a conference in the Philippines that will help bring attention to the progress being made in an area with islands that are renowned as ecosystems of inestimable beauty but at the same time threatened by anthropic pressures.
The 6th edition of Greening the Islands’ international conference will be held in Boracay (The Philippines) in February 2019.
As is our practice at Greening the Islands, the conference will look at how islands are showing the way forward towards a new, broader idea of the circular economy, which embraces not only familiar themes like energy, water, waste and mobility but also related issues such as agriculture, tourism, culture and traditions.
The theme of sustainable tourism will take centre stage at Boracay, which is where tourism is perhaps most developed among the Philippines’ islands. Drawing on the attention that Boracay’s authorities are giving to sustainable development, our goal is to investigate how tourism and sustainability can work in synergy if the environment is seen as driver of tourism and an opportunity for the local economy.
The conference will examine how sustainable tourism can trigger a virtuous process by encouraging greater collaboration among different institutional and business players of an island, thus enabling the basic conditions for a circular island economy.
The Boracay conference will be an “online event” thanks to the live streaming and the e-tools of GreeningtheIslands.net. From the event, key island actors will illustrate their best solutions and engage with a global community of experts to discuss how to make islands even more attractive and environmentally resilient.