By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

The World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-PH) recently launched a project aimed at transforming the food service sector into a low carbon industry by raising awareness and encouraging people to practice sustainable approaches.

Entitled “The Sustainable Diner: A Key Ingredient of Sustainable Tourism,” the project is a part of the German Government’s International Climate Initiative. Its goals are to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of food, increase the number of healthy as well as eco-friendly dishes in restaurants, and to reduce food waste.

It is also directed at inspiring people to grow and produce food, and to build a climate-resilient food system for current and future generations.

The Sustainable Diner utilizes a multi-sectoral approach by involving the government, restaurants, and the dining public so they can each play a part in achieving the project’s goals.

Some of their roles in promoting sustainable consumption and production are as follows:

  1. By integrating the practice in local and national policies,
  2. Applying sustainable consumption and production principles in business practices and long-term operational plans, and
  3. Including the eco-friendliness of a restaurant’s operations and food offerings in their dining preferences.

Efforts directed to the dining public include establishment of interactive exhibits to clearly explain what sustainable dining is, talks and seminars to discuss current issues on food sustainability, media trips to generate awareness, and creating teaching manuals focused on introducing sustainability and sustainable dining to students.

WWF-PH’s Sustainable Diner project will run until February 2021 and will focus on three tourism cities in the country, namely, Cebu City, Quezon City, and Tagaytay City.

WWF-PH is a part of the WWF network which is known as the world’s largest and most experienced conservation organization that operates in over 100 countries. Since 1997, WWF-PH has been successfully implementing projects that apply new and sustainable approaches in using the planet’s resources to protect the environment for both people and nature.