Useful Links



A registered UN Partnership for Sustainable Development managed by the European ECOTRANS network. The DestiNet platform supports local to global networking processes from research tomarketplace, and maps helpful information, e.g. all certificates worldwide including the Green Star Hotel system.

Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism

A global initiative launched in 2011 to inject sustainability principles into the mainstream of tourism policies, development, and operations. The coordinating office is hosted by the UNEP-DTIE department in Paris.

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

GSTC serves as the international body for promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles through international recognition of standards and accreditation of certification programmes.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with focus on conserving biodiversity.

TIES – The International Ecotourism Society

Leading global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers, leading the efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development.

UNEP-DTIE – United Nations Environmental Programme, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

The UNEP tourism programme aims to mainstream sustainability into tourism development by demonstrating the economic, environmental, and socio-cultural benefits of sustainable tourism.

UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. International recognition of world cultural and natural heritage sites.

United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, including development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.


The International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IHRA) is an international trade association representing the interests of the hotel and restaurant industries.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

The world’s leading conservation organization, special programme on travel and tourism.

International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO)

Leading international organization to promote access to tourism for all, and more particularly for low-income population groups.

UNCTAD – UN Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. Task force on sustainable tourism for development.

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

International NGO promoting sustainable development through environmental education.

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

International association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development.

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Secretariat, based in Montreal, Canada, was established to support the goals of the Global Convention on Biological Diversity.

UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all their activities, they encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

World Travel & Tourism Council

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for business leaders in the travel and tourism industry.

Tour Operators Initiative

With this initiative, tour operators are moving towards sustainable tourism by committing themselves to the concepts of sustainable development as the core of their business activity and to work together through common activities to promote and disseminate methods and practices compatible with sustainable development.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

International organisation helping governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalised economy.

European Commission (EC)

With its EuropeAid programme the EC focuses on maximizing the value and impact of aid which complies with EU development objectives and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

Ecolabel Index

Ecolabel Index is the largest global directory of ecolabels, currently tracking 447 ecolabels in 197 countries, and 25 industry sectors