Apo Island is a volcanic island located off the coast of Negros Oriental. The name â€œApoâ€ means â€œelderâ€ or â€œrespectedâ€ in the Visayan languages. It is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines and has over 650 documented species of fish and some 450 species of coral.
Apo Island recently became the first of over 7,000 islands in the Philippines to go â€œZero Wasteâ€. The initiatives taken by the community include waste segregation at source, door-to-door segregated waste collection, composting, decentralized materials recovery, waste assessment and brand audits. Awareness campaigns by GAIA Asia Pacific and others have also played an important role in this achievement.