Eco-Certification Standards

Ecotourism Best Practices Manual

The Ecotourism Best Practices Manual document was produced in 2008 through the financial assistance of the Commonwealth Secretariat. This Manual provides guidance to the industry in achieving responsible tourism status through identification of ecotourism guidelines that would contribute to environmentally responsible tourism operations, attract environmentally responsible tourists and assist in the protection of Botswana’s precious resources for future generations. ( click here to link to the manual).

Feasibility into Setting up of Eco-Certifiction Scheme

During 2008, a feasibility analysis study for setting-up eco-certification for Botswana was completed, and it recommended that Botswana develop a country specific eco-certification system. This study also recommended that Botswana was ready for the certification system. In this regard, in 2009 Botswana Tourism developed ecotourism standards and associated documentation for implementation of the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System. ( click here to link to the feasibility study ).

Ecotourism Standards

Two sets of standards have been developed. All fixed tourism sites (accommodation facilities) are assessed using the Accommodation Standards( click here to access the Accommodation Standards ), and all mobile activities including other forms of tourism are assessed using the Ecotour Standards( click here to access the Ecotour Standards).