Biosphere Museum Certification

The future of sustainable tourism

What is the Biosphere Museum Certification?

Biosphere for museums is a certification of tourism sustainability, designed so that these institutions of conservation, research, communication and exhibition, improve their performance and reduce the negative impacts of the development of their activity, guaranteeing an adequate balance between the economic, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions. 

In this category are the exhibition and conservation museums, the museums of traveling collections, and those of different themes such as history, art, nature, ethnography, folklore, sciences, among others. 

The certification guarantees the fulfillment of requirements based on the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement, ensuring that certified Museum carry out new non-aggressive tourism models, satisfying the current needs of their customers and users without compromising future generations. The Biosphere Museum report significant benefits for themselves, the society and the environment.

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Increase the conservation level

Receive tools, support, proposals and recommendations to design, manage and provide more sustainable visits, minimizing the negative impacts related to the conservation and degradation of resources, contributing to the preservation of its attractiveness over time.

Improve positioning

Consumers increasingly demand new non-aggressive tourism models. Position yourself as a sustainable hotel and communicate your commitment, with the Biosphere seal.

Improve your level of influence

As a member of Biosphere, you will receive the necessary support to determine and improve the influence on the clients, assessing to what extent you can transmit knowledge and information of interest to the population, and increasing their approach to environmental and socio-cultural aspects of destiny.

Discover the Biosphere Community

Museums that offer sustainable experiences from around the world with the Biosphere certification, united to share experiences, good practices and resources.

Biosphere  Museums Community 

Colònia Güell

Palau Moja

Integrates the different resources and attractions of the territory – monuments, historical accounts, characters, crafts, food, natural areas, among many others – to transmit the power and uniqueness of Catalonia.

How to obtain the Biosphere certificate

The Biosphere certification process


Register on our platform

Fill in the application form by choosing the desired certificate within the category of "Sites and Centers of Tourist Interest", determining the number of workers of your business and filling the contact and billing data fields.


Implementation of the requirements

With the personalized help of the Biosphere team, follow the objectives set by the certification system, fulfill the requirements and implement the necessary sustainable policies to ensure the sustainability of your business and obtain the certificate.


External audit

The Museum must pass an external audit to obtain the Biosphere Certificate, which will verify the compliance and the correct implementation of the requirements established in the certification system.



Annual certification price

1 - 40 500 €
More than 40 1,000 €

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 Biosphere Audit done?

Within a maximum period of 10 days, an independent auditor of the Responsible Tourism Institute will perform an audit based on the evidence provided by the entity. The audit report may indicate issues to be improved or fixed. Once this report is made and validated by the RTI's Technical Committee, the RTI issues the entity's certificate.

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.

How do I renew my certification?

Once the entity has obtained the certification, it will have to renew it on the same date of the following year. The renewal process consists of providing the results of the Action Plan developed by the entity in the previous year, as well as updating the out-of-date or incomplete evidence and paying the annual fee.

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 an entity get certified?

To obtain the certificate; the entity must answer the requirements, through the 100% online certification system, by attaching evidence of compliance, as well as creating the minimum number of continuous improvement actions required.

Will I always pay the same fee?

Yes. The entity will pay the same fee every year based on its characteristics. In any case, through the management software, you can hire additional services (more precise analytics, training courses, etc.) at a competitive price, which will help you to improve your position in the tourism sustainability market.

A way of creating a responsible and friendly tourism with our environment. The opportunity to open new markets with companies that are also responsible towards everything that surrounds us.

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