Eco Tourism Certification

For information about ecotourism and general tourism certification programs, check out:

  • Mohonk Agreement – The framework and principles for the certification of ecotourism and sustainable tourism which was agreed upon by multiple parties within the tourism sector
    Ecotourism Association of Ecuador (ASEC)
  • Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica) CST was designed to differentiate tourism sector businesses based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management, however, it is mainly ecolodges which have been certified.
  • Ecotourism Australia – Also check out The International Ecotourism Standard has been developed by the Ecotourism Association of Australia in conjunction with the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Sustainable Tourism of Australia.
    Rainforest Alliance
  • SmartVoyager certification program is an Ecuadorian nonprofit group — and the Rainforest Alliance, SmartVoyager minimizes the impact of tour boats in the Galapagos Islands by improving social and environmental conditions of boat operations.
  • Ecotourism Certification Workshop – held by
    the Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council (STSC) feasibility study, coordinated by the Rainforest Alliance is available at, which presented its final conclusions in early 2003. An 18-month worldwide consultation process concluded that there is a need to create regional platforms to disseminate information about certification and to address key issues such as the participation of small and medium-sized and community based certification operations, financial sustainability, marketing, monitoring and evaluation and accreditation.
  • Green Key Program in Morocco
    The project was established in 2008 by the Ministry and currently has over 40 certified properties.