What is ECO Certification?

The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.

The ECO Certification Program is a world first and it has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators.

ECO Certification is product-specific— this means that you will need to answer the criteria as it applies specifically to each of your products.  This also means that you are able to apply for ECO Certification even if not all of your products are nature-based. 

The ECO Certification Program is divided into three levels:

Nature Tourism

Tourism in natural areas that leaves minimal impact on the environment.


Tourism in natural areas focusing on optimal resources use, conservation practices and helps local communities.

Advanced Ecotourism

Tourism with strong interpretation values, commitment to nature conservation and helping local communities.

For more information, browse our website and/or download our ECO & ROC Certification summary.