Levels of Awards
Ecotourism Ireland Gold Level
These Ecotourism approved experiences are at the forefront of the industry. They are provided by businesses dedicated to educating tourists about the natural world and local culture. They are striving to be environmentally innovative and socially responsible. Their ecotourism products have a positive impact on the environment, local communities, and their clients. They will invest both time and money to maintain positive ecotourism practices.
These Ecotourism approved experiences have had an on-site assessment, which verified that they have received 85-100% of the available points.
Ecotourism Ireland Silver Silver Level
These Ecotourism approved experiences are highly environmentally and socio-culturally responsible. They are continuously working to better their operations, enhance their sustainable travel practices and provide more in depth interpretation of the natural world. The management of these products are knowledgeable about environmental/social issues related to their business, and they are working to become industry leaders.
These Ecotourism approved experiences have had an on-site assessment which verified that they have received 65-84% of the available points.
Ecotourism Ireland Bronze Level
These Ecotourism approved experiences are somewhat low-impact, and may incorporate a number of environmental and social issues in their operation. The product will provide at least basic interpretation of nature for guests and make some business choices based on environmental and social responsibility. These businesses have taken considerable training in all practices and implemented environmental sustainable practices and ecotourism policies.
Ecotourism awareness training completed
These Ecotourism approved experiences have had a 2nd-party desk assessment from Ecotourism Ireland, which verified that they have met the compulsory criteria but no on site assessment as yet. They have completed formal ecotourism policy and environmental impact policies.
Revision and renewal of criteria
Ecotourism Ireland is committed to a policy of continuous improvement.
To enable this process it is therefore essential that all criteria are in continuous development and will be renewed as deemed necessary.
How long are the current criteria valid?
The current criteria are valid until January 2014.
How do I apply?
A start up package with detailed information about criteria, procedures and terms & conditions can be obtained from Ecotourism Ireland. This also includes an application form and various checklists and templates to assist applicants.
How may I use the label?
The label may be actively used in any number of ways in an ecotourism product promoters marketing material. However, it may only be used in immediate conjunction with the specific product(s) that meets the criteria. The operator should in no way infer that un-labelled products or activities are labelled. Ecotourism Ireland will actively monitor the use of the label in this regard.