Biosphere Certification
for Tourism Destinations

The future of sustainable tourism

Destinations committed to tourism sustainability

The path to a new tourism model

The Biosphere destinations are committed to guaranteeing an adequate balance between their economic, socio-cultural and environmental spheres, through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. 

Any tourism destination can become a Biosphere Destination whether or not it is located in another destination or has a regulatory capacity,

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Benefits of certifying a tourism destination

A certification for destinations with multiple advantages

  • Better positioning of the Destination
  • Greater visibility of the destination
  • Increase in local, social and economic benefit
  • Promote trade and local economy
  • Support for job creation
  • Access to new alliances
  • Member of the Biosphere Destinations Community
  • Creation and selling of Biosphere experiences

Types of certification for destinations

Biosphere Certified Destination

Biosphere Golden Destination

Biosphere Platinum Destination

Discover the Biosphere Destinations Community

The largest sustainable tourism community in the world.

More than 30 million tourists visit Biosphere Destinations and companies.

Biosphere Destinations Community  

Costa Barcelona

Costa Barcelona is strongly committed to the development of a responsible and accessible tourism model, geared towards ensuring the sustainability of the destination and the tourism companies operating here.

Lanzarote

Thompson Okanagan British Columbia

The natural landscape of the Thompson Okanagan includes mountains, valleys, desert, and everything in between. Here foodies flock to the area's renowned orchards and vineyards.

What is the Biosphere Destinations Community?

A sustainable community with many advantages

A certified tourist destination can promote sustainable tourism in its territory, raising awareness and developing policies that can lead society and the tourism companies to commit to sustainability and obtain their own sustainability seal. 

For this, Biosphere has designed the Biosphere Destination Certificate, with which the Destinations guarantee tourists the continued commitment to tourism sustainability. To obtain it, the Destinations should only follow the objectives of sustainability and continuous improvement and meet the requirements set by the certification system. 

The private Biosphere certification system, voluntary and independent, is based on a series of requirements with specific objectives that can be identified and measured, serving as a tool for continuous improvement to guarantee the commitment acquired by destinations, companies and tourism services. 

With the Biosphere Destination seal, the RTI approaches sustainability in an integral way regarding the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Therefore, the requirements necessary to display this seal by any entity are classified into five groups defined by the UNWTO. 

  • Inclusive and sustainable economic growth;
  • Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction;
  • Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change;
  • Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and
  • Mutual understanding, peace and security. 

The fulfillment of all these objectives together with the implementation of the policies marked in this seal, help to ensure the sustainability of the geographical area, regardless of its size, location and level of development. 

If you want your destination to have our Biosphere Destination seal, contact us and we will offer you all the necessary tools and support.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my entity is ready to be certified?

The goal of the Biosphere certification is to spread sustainability to the highest number of companies, destinations, and tourists around the world. If you think you are not ready to obtain the certification, at Biosphere, you will find all the documentary support and help to know what you must do to be more sustainable.

How is the certification developed?

RTI provides the Biosphere community with an online certification system, with which it offers continuous assistance, tools, and the necessary support to guide any Camping in achieving the objectives set.

What requirements must one meet to be certified?

The corresponding Biosphere Standard gathers the requirements an entity must meet to obtain the certification. This standard includes mandatory and voluntary requirements. The entity must comply with the first ones and interpret the second ones as continuous improvement objectives that should be achieved to become more sustainable.

How does a destination get certified?

A destination must answer at least the mandatory requirements which apply to it, through the Biosphere online management system, providing the necessary evidence to verify its compliance with the Biosphere Destination Standard.

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