Achievements of our General Programs

  • 1992 – Workshop on sustainable development and tourism held and the idea of an Ecotourism society is born.
  • 1996 – Ecotourism Society of Kenya (ESOK) is formally registered and Council of Founder members established. This is a first for the region. Membership recruitment begins.
  • 1997 – ESOK co-hosts an international ecotourism conference- Ecotourism at a Crossroads. ESOK is mandated to be the industry association responsible for standards and to provide leadership in the practice of ecotourism.
  • 1998 – ESOK co-hosts National Ecotourism Conference.
  • 1999 – ESOK receives seed funding from FORD foundation to strengthen the secretariat. The first independent secretariat is established.
  • 2000 – Research and consultations on development of an eco-rating scheme begins.
  • 2001- ESOK signs a funding agreement with UNDP for promotion of ecotourism and conservation of biodiversity through income generating initiatives. The Community Outreach Program is initiated through a survey of areas with potential for ecotourism.
  • 2002 – The Eco-rating scheme is launched with tremendous support from the tourism industry.
  • 2002 – ESOK co-hosts the International Year of Ecotourism Conference (IYE).
  • 2003 – ESOK launches The Kenya Safari Codes and Coast Codes, in collaboration with FoC, KATO, KWS and KPSGA.
  • 2003 – Uaso Cultural Center and Isecheno Bandas projects are initiated in Archers Post and Kakamega Forest respectively under the Community Outreach Programme.
  • 2004 – Regional surveys conducted to identify existing/planned ecotourism initiatives in the country.
  • 2005 – Eight regional ecotourism workshops held to promote ecotourism and more than 200 CBOs involved in conservation and tourism reached.
  • 2005 – National ecotourism conference held in Nairobi with attendance of more than 100 community representatives.
  • 2005 – Eco-warrior award is introduced to reward outstanding contributions by tourist accommodation facilities, CBOs, tour operators and individuals to conservation of threatened biodiversity and social investment.
  • 2006 – ESOK changes its name to Ecotourism Kenya (EK) and launches a new logo.
  • 2006 – EK hosts The Great Mara Debate in Nairobi.
  • 2007 – EK co-hosts a National Conference on Climate change.
  • 2007 – The Green Directory is launched. This directory houses a unique listing of green goods and services available in East Africa.
  • 2008 – Review of the Eco-rating application and evaluation process carried out.
  • 2008 – The Eco-rating scheme goes regional in East Africa with several facilities being certified in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
  • 2008 – EK completes a survey on the ‘Market Ready’ status of various Community Based Tourism Enterprises (CBTE’s) around the country.
  • 2008 – EK co-sponsors two major Conferences (Ecostorm-Maasai Mara and Travellers Philanthropy).
  • 2008 – FORD provides funding to facilitate community participation from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania at the Travellers Philanthropy conference.
  • 2009 – Host a successful National Ecotourism Conference on the theme ‘Tourism Business in a Changing Climate’.
  • 2009 – Awards the 2009 Eco Warriors during the climax of the National Ecotourism conference.
  • 2012 – Hosted a successful National Ecotourism Conference on the theme “Integrating ecotourism practises for the modern traveller”