GIZ Sector Project: Sustainable Development through Tourism
GIZ offers customized solutions to complex challenges. They are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. They offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.The GIZ Sector Project “Sustainable Development through Tourism” supports destination development which is socially fair, resource-efficient and economically sustainable. It promotes responsible travelling. For more information click here.
Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) serves as the international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices, promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel. This is accomplished through the work executed by its diverse programs: international standard setting, destinations, education and training, market access, and accreditation. GSTC developed the GSTC Criteria for Destinations. These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation. For more information click here.
International Trade Centre (ITC)
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the United Nations and WTO. ITC’s mission is to enable export success by providing, with partners, sustainable and inclusive development solutions to the private sector, trade support institutions and policymakers. ITC has developed an online tool that centralises, organises and disseminates information on over 100 voluntary standards, codes of conduct and sustainability frameworks called Standards Map. Standards Map’s features include: analysing and comparing standards’ requirements, audit process and certification policies; reviewing best practices and sustainability frameworks used in over 80 sectors and over 200 countries and accessing most recent publications on sustainable trade in goods and services. For more information click here.
LiSeed has twenty five years of experience in project and operations management, monitoring and evaluation, organisational development and strategic planning. Specialisations are in natural resource based sustainable development including agriculture, forestry and tourism certification schemes. Based in US Appalachia, LiSeed works globally, acting locally.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Rainforest Alliance believes that the best way to keep forests standing is by ensuring that it is profitable for businesses and communities to do so. The Rainforest Alliance also offers training to tourism businesses including hotels and lodges providing them with the tools and techniques they need to run their businesses efficiently and sustainably. For more information click here.
Sustainable Travel International
Sustainable Travel International is a global non-profit harnessing the power of travel and tourism as a force for good. We help communities, businesses and governments build a better future for themselves and their environments through travel and tourism. Our vision has always been to harness the power of travel and tourism as a force for good. Since our creation, we have dedicated ourselves to understanding the complexities of travel and tourism around the world and spent nearly 15 years developing tools and partnerships that deliver on such ambitious goals. Today, in response to urgent threats facing our planet, we are convening leading travel corporations and tourism destinations to positively impact the lives of at least 10 million people in tourism communities around the world over the next decade. Collectively, we are redefining global travel and tourism as a force for good. For more information click here.
Travelife is a web-based certification system which allows accommodation providers to monitor and self-assess their sustainability performance. The system and its criteria have been developed through a multi-stakeholder consultation process involving tour operators, hoteliers, trade associations, Non-Governmental Organisations, audit firms and academia. The fact that it is operated by the tourism industry and its close relationship with tour operators, hotel groups, destinations and trade associations guarantees a fair pricing and industry oversight.For more information click here.