AWARDS & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
We invite destinations around the world to join the program to assess sustainability performance, and apply for global recognition in case sufficient levels of sustainability is achieved.
GREEN DESTINATIONS CERTIFICATION BODY
The Green Destinations Standard achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognised’ status in 2016. The Green Destinations NGO reach the status of ‘GSTC-Accredited’ Certification body in 2018. Achieving the GSTC-Recognised and GSTC-Accredited status means that a Certification Body (CB) awards certification according to processes that comply with international standards and good practices.
Green Destinations has developed a GSTC-Recognised destination standard and a GSTC-Accredited certification scheme. Green Destinations works with 250 destinations in various programs and partnerships around the globe. In all its work, Green Destinations support places, regions, and countries to adopt its so-called G.R.E.E.N. values.
GSTC-RECOGNISED TOOL FOR
The Green Destinations Standard (V2) is a GSTC-recognised set of criteria to measure, monitor and improve the sustainability policy and management of destinations and regions. It makes sustainable development concrete, objective and demonstrable. In 2020, the 1st GD Standard (developed in 2016) was updated based on consultation with the GD Partnership and re-aligned with the GSTC Destination Criteria V2 – prolonging its ‘GSTC Recognised Status’ in 2021.
SCHEMES THAT APPLY THE STANDARDS
Green Destinations allows countries, regions (existing or new) sustainability certification programmes to use the Green Destinations standard and its reporting system. Current programmes that apply the standard are: