Botswana Committed to Sustainability: Fifteen Camps and Lodges Now Ecotourism Certified

Botswana Committed to Sustainability: Fifteen Camps and Lodges Now Ecotourism Certified

Botswana Tourism

Botswana Ecotourism Certification System

Botswana Tourism realizes that "green" is more than just a color or concept – it is a way of life. Botswana's commitment to the conservation of its natural resources, rich wildlife, and cultural heritage was formalized in 2002 with the inception of the country's National Ecotourism Strategy, which positions Botswana as a leading sustainable tourism destination and has led to the development of the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, a voluntary, tourism industry-wide program run by Botswana Tourism.

 

The Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, outlining more than 240 performance standards, is designed to encourage and support responsible environmental, social, and cultural behavior by tourism businesses, and to provide a quality, eco-friendly product to consumers. This three-tier system enables companies of all sizes to attain an entry-level "Green" certification, a mid-level "Green+" certification, or an "Eco" level of certification. The highest level of certification acknowledges the full spectrum of ecotourism, including involvement with local communities in tourism development, nature conservation, environment management, and interpretation of the surrounding environment to the guest. 

 

The private sector of Botswana's tourism industry has embraced this voluntary program. Since its inception in late 2010, the number of Botswana eco-certified camps and lodges has grown to a total of 15 properties:

 

"Eco" Certified:

Banoka Bush CampChobe Game LodgeJao CampKalahari Plains Camp, Kwetsani Camp, Little Vumbura CampSavuti CampXigera CampZafara CampJacana Camp, Meno A Kwena Tented Camp, and Mombo Camp

 

"Green+" Certified:

Camp Kalahari and Tubu Tree Camp

 

"Green" Certified:

Vumbura Plains Camp

 

All of the certified properties throughout Botswana and their respective companies are committed to providing their guests a comfortable, eco-friendly, and authentic product in a pristine natural environment. For more information on Botswana's commitment to ecotourism and the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, visit: www.botswanatourism.co.bw/goingGreen.php

 

About the Botswana Tourism Organization:

Botswana Tourism OrganizationThe Botswana Tourism Organization (Botswana Tourism) is the leading body supporting the efforts to market Botswana's tourist product, grade and classify tourist accommodation facilities, and promote investment in the tourism sector. With its long-standing commitment to conservation of its land, wildlife and cultural heritage, Botswana enjoys a solid reputation as a progressive sustainable tourism destination and one of the top safari destinations in the world.

 

Media Contact:

Leslee Hall

Phone: +1-410-266-8429

Email: info[at]botswanatourism.us or leslee[at]partnerconcepts.com

 

>> See Botswana Tourism Organization's member profile

 

 

 

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