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Ecotourism Kenya promotes responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry. This entails encouraging the adoption of best practices in the use of tourism resources, working with local communities and managing wastes and emissions.

dew_drop.jpgUnderstanding Ecotourism

According to The International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is, ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’. (TIES, 1990)... Read More on Ecotourism

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2014 Eco-Warrior Awards: ResponsibleTourism is #WhyILoveKenya

Performances by the Bomas of Kenya dancers, over 40 prizes won at the raffle and eco-auction, the launch of the sustainability report by Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda … These were some of the highlights of the 8th Eco Warrior Awards, which took place at the Carnivore grounds on the evening of 9th October, 2014.

The colorful and vibrant awards ceremony dubbed "Kenya Night" was attended by over 600 guests, including over 180 hosted buyers who attended the Magical Kenya Travel Expo. The keynote speaker was Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie, who presented the 14 Eco Warrior trophies to the following individuals and organizations ... Read more 

For photos of the event, visit the Ecotourism Kenya Facebook page.

The Eco-rating Certification Scheme

The Eco-rating certification Scheme is a sustainable tourism certification program that aims to promote responsible tourism in Kenya. Launched in 2002 by Ecotourism Kenya in cooperation with tourism stakeholders in Kenya, the programs focus is to recognise best practices in environmental conservation, responsible resource use and socio-economic investment among tourism accommodation facilities by awarding qualified applicants assessed under the scheme with a Bronze, Silver or Gold eco-rating certification based on their performance.

The Eco-rating certification scheme follows a systematic procedure that assesses a tourism accommodation facility on its environmental, economic and socio-cultural performance. The criteria has been designed to suit local requirements and is aligned to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) formed under the umbrella of the United Nations (UN). Through the Eco-rating certification scheme, Ecotourism Kenya aims to promote environmental, economic and social best practices by accommodation facilities within the tourism industry...Read the Eco-rating Certification Guide

Featured Community
Ngare Ndare Forest Trust

Ngare Ndare is Maa for "goats water". Ngare Ndare is a gazetted forest used to promote peace and co-existence among the different communities in the area - the Meru, Maasai, Borana and Kikuyu. The forest is maintained primarily by the local communities as the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, under the supervision of Kenya Forest Service(KFS). Ngare Ndare forest has several attractions which can be of i ..Read More

Eco-Rating Scheme

Ecotourism Kenya manages a certification scheme for tourism accommodation facilities based on environmental and social criteria.

There are 16 establishments that have been awarded Gold Certification...View ListThere are 52 establishments that have been awarded Silver Certification...View ListThere are 30 establishments that have been awarded Bronze Certification...View List
Featured Eco-Rated Facility
Elsa’s Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje is located within Meru National Park approximately 350 kilometers from Nairobi. The lodge was opened in 1999 and has 12 guest rooms with a total bed capacity of 30. It has a total of 50 permanent employees. The facility sits on 30 acres - 12.1406 - hectares of land. Elsa’s Kopje contributes to the KWS through lease payments and park fees. KWS has also installed a 20,750 a ..Read More

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Ecotourism Talk - 30th October, 2014
2014 Eco Warrior Awards Winners
2014 Eco Warrior Award Raffles
4 new Facilities Awarded Gold Eco-rating Certification by Ecotourism Kenya

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