A best practice is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to a desired result. A commitment to using the best practices in any field is a commitment to using all the knowledge and technology at one’s disposal to ensure success.
Below is a list of Best Practice resources relating to the following areas:
1. Conservation of the Natural Environment
- Guide to Best Practices for Sustainable Tourism in Tropical Forests: This guide presents detailed information about the tropical forest and the environmental resources most impacted by tourism in this ecosystem. It analyzes the potential problems resulting from tourism activity and recommends specific best management practices to minimize these impacts.
- Parks and Culture: This portal provides ready access to information on managing nature-based and cultural tourism in natural areas with a particular focus on national parks. (Sustainable Tourism Online)
- Protected Areas Management Effectiveness: The evaluation of protected area management effectiveness is defined as the assessment of how well protected areas are being managed – primarily the extent to which they are protecting values and achieving goals and objectives.
- IUCN Guidelines for the Prevention of Biodiversity Loss caused by Alien Invasive Species: The goal of these guidelines is to prevent further losses of biological diversity due to the deleterious effects of alien invasive species.
- Landscaping (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Planning and Management
2. Getting Certified
- The Botswana Ecotourism Certification System covers more than 240 standards encompassing the following: environmental management, cultural resources protection and community development, socio-economic responsibilities and fundamental ecotourism criteria.
- Eco Awards Namibia is a mark of distinction for accommodation establishments that are planned and managed according to eco-friendly principles. The programme promotes the selective and careful use of our resources, promoting reducing, recycling and reusing. In the process an establishment can improve its profitability, often with very little additional expenditure.
- Eco Tourism Kenya, is the certification program that 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
- Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa is a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable tourism development. They do this through awareness raising, research and advocacy, capacity building and by facilitating the world’s first tourism Fair Trade certification programme.
- Heritage Environmental Management Company certification programme provides tourism businesses with an effective environmental management system designed to reduce and limit the environmental impact of the businesses.
- Responsible Tourism Tanzania certification programme was established in consultation with the tourism private sector in Tanzania to address the local environmental conditions, while also encompassing social and economic factors – otherwise referred to as the ‘triple bottom line’.
- Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label programme is designed to inspire more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business, looking at issues that relate to the natural environment as well as human and economic resources on which future success depends.
- TourCert examines tourism businesses on their business practices according to sustainability criteria. Businesses are evaluated according to quantitative and qualitative environmental and social criteria. The companies have written a sustainability report according to the standards of TourCert and have designed a programme for improvement. Companies with this label have committed to continuously improve their sustainability performance.
3. Principles, Codes and Criteria
- Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism
- The Six Fair Trade in Tourism Principles (Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa)
- Sustainable Tourism – Codes of Conduct for Tour Operators (Rainforest Alliance)
- The Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct: An industry driven responsible tourism initiative to pro-actively fight the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism
4. Respecting the Social Environment
- Basic Services (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Community Development (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Destinations and Communities This portal includes guidelines for Destination
- Equitable Hiring (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Exploitation (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Employee Protection (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Local Employment (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Planning, Implementation, Destination Performance, as well as Tools and Case Studies. (Sustainable Tourism Online)
- Support Local Entrepreneurs (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Respect Indigenous Populations (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
5. Setting Up a Sustainable Tourism Business
- Business Planning: A helpful guide to assist you to focus on the potential viability and sustainability of your business
- Communication: A helpful guide to assist you to communicate effectively in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry
- Ecotourism Manual (Botswana Tourism)
- Guide for Sustainable Tourism Best Practices:A step by step guide explaining the how-to’s for implementing best practices. (Rainforest Alliance)
- Managing Sustainable Nature-Bases Tourism in Southern Africa: A practical assessment tool
- SME Toolkit South Africa – Understanding responsible tourism: A general article on responsible tourism enterprises in South Africa
- Sustainable Tourism Business Operations: This portal provides information on Sustainable Tourism Planning, Product Development, Marketing, Business Growth and Development and Monitoring/Evaluation.
6. Sustainable Food and Beverage
- change.org: Choose sustainable food and read about the latest news
- Consumable Goods (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Sustainable Food This page gives links to some practical advice for anyone interested in buying and using more sustainable food.
- Purchasing Policy (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria)
- Restaurant Participation Scheme: SASSI’s restaurant participation scheme was developed to enable SASSI to engage with individually owned and operated restaurants and restaurant chains with central procurement policies.
- SASSI:The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) was initiated in November 2004 in order to inform and educate all participants in the seafood trade, from wholesalers to restaurateurs through to seafood lovers.
- SASSI Know Your Seafood: This booklet gives an overview of the seafood industry in South Africa, with a focus on consumer awareness.
- SASSI Business Participation: The SASSI Participation Scheme is a business guide for sustainable seafood in southern Africa. It is a tool designed to introduce businesses that buy and sell seafood to ways in which they can support sustainable seafood and in doing so, help to ensure the sustainability of their own business
- SASSI Consumer Card: This printable pocket guide provides South African consumers with a list of seafood species that are legal and sustainable. It categorizes species into green (best choice), orange (caution) and red (no sale).
- Sustainable Table: Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food.