• ECO WARRIOR AWARD 2017

    Theme: Celebrating Eco Warriors of SDG’s in Tourism

  • Are you the next Eco-Warrior?

    Apply now!

The Eco-Warrior Award is a Kenyan tourism award that recognizes and celebrates outstanding contributions to ecotourism practice in Kenya. It is aimed at motivating winning ventures/operations and industry at large to embrace practices that are ecologically and ethically sustainable in order to compete with the best in the world.

When?

October 5, 2017
@ 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Where?

KICC Amphitheatre
Nairobi, Kenya

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Being a winner of an Eco Warrior Award means:

  • Positively working towards being sustainable through having policies, investing in policies, compliance with legislation, partnerships, documenting, sharing and innovation.
  • Working constructively with communities to minimize negative social impacts of tourism.
  • Working with communities to optimize opportunities provided by tourism
  • Commitment to best practices in energy, water and waste management.

Being an awarded winner means the use of the award logo indefinitely since it has the year of recognition inscribed on the trophy.

The general criteria are given for each category. Potential nominees for each category must demonstrate clearly elements of responsible, respectful and sustainable tourism.

Call for Applications

This year, the Eco-Warrior Award has been altered to be in sync with the 2017 UNWTO Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the WTM and Africa Responsible Tourism Awards. The award will therefore focus on how tourism businesses in Kenya are contributing to the uptake of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

To be recognized for the 2017 Eco Warrior Award, Ecotourism Kenya is looking for case studies of businesses that have been able to translate the SDGs into their operations and can positively demonstrate and report tangible outcomes in their operations and impact on people, planet and profits.  The contribution of individual persons in their capacity as conservation leaders, tour guides, media, researchers and students cannot be overlooked.

Which Eco-Warrior are you?

This is your chance to get recognized as a responsible and sustainable tourism enterprise!

The Eco-Warrior award categories include (you are welcome to submit multiple applications for the different categories):

  • Category 1 – 5: An applicant will need to demonstrate their sustainability approach and outcome (including impact where feasible) to People, Planet and Prosperity while implementing any one of the SDGs 8,12,13,14 and 15 that have a strong relationship to tourism.
  • Category 6: Requires applicants to demonstrate their application of any of the other 14 SDGs.
  • Category 7: Reserved for individuals who can demonstrate their contribution to any of the 17 SDGs through an initiative, research project or media campaign etc.

Apply Now!

Participation in the 2017 Eco Warrior awards is free and open to members of Ecotourism Kenya.

Apply online in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click here to download the ‘Categories Descriptions’ and identify one (or more) categories you want to apply for.
  2. Fill the Online Application Form on the right/below (alternatively,  download the application form in pdf format) and provide a Dropbox/Google Drive etc. link for your supporting documents:
    • Power point photo presentation of project or
    • 3-5 minute video clip of project (mandatory)
    • E-brochures
    • Media publications
  3. Click ‘ Submit’ or send your pdf application by email to ecorating@ecotourismkenya.org.

In case of any inquiries, call 0726 366080 and talk to Marxine or Grace.

General FAQs

What is Eco-Warrior Awards?

Launched by Ecotourism Kenya in 2005, the Eco Warrior Awards honour creativity within the tourism industry in Kenya and are meant to inspire innovative actions to protect the environment and integrate local people into the business of tourism. The overall goal is to transform the destination Kenya to a sustainable tourism destination. The award provides Ecotourism Kenya with an opportunity to recognize and reward innovations in sustainable tourism while supplying information on best practices. Among the values emphasized by the award are innovations that respect the environment, local people and cultures, impact on and empower local economies, practice of ecotourism, provide opportunities for linkages with local communities and promote good environmental governance. The winners must demonstrate innovation in any one or more of these areas.

What are the benefits of the event?

  • Networking opportunities
  • Fun and interaction

What are the event dates and venue 2017?

The Eco Warrior award this year is part of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) itinerary and will be held in the afternoon of the last day as a climax to the MKTE.

  • Eco Warrior Award ceremony: 5th October 2017

What are the costs for participation?

Participation in the event is available to EK members and is free.

How do I register?

Please use the online registration form on this page or download the registration form here.

When is the registration deadline?

Deadline for application: 22nd August 2017

Who can I meet at the event?

Ecotourism Kenya members, other players in the tourism industry and invited guests.

Nomination FAQs

Important Dates

  • Deadline for application: 22nd August 2017
  • Announcement of the shortlist: 14th September 2017
  • Eco Warrior Award ceremony: 5th October 2017

What are the nomination guidelines

Download guidelines here.

What are the different categories?

There are 7 categories this year. These are explained in this document.

How many categories can one apply for?

  • As many as is appropriate to increase chances of winning.

Do I need to fill out all the forms?

  • Yes.
  • Even for more than one nomination, This is for the purpose of the judging panel, who will review each set of documents on its own without having any other point of reference except for the filled out forms and supporting document to make a decision on winners of each category.

How do I send information?

Via Dropbox pr@ecotourismkenya.org or by courier delivered to Ecotourism Kenya offices, 06 Longonot Road, KATO Place, Upper Hill, Nairobi.

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