Ecological Assessment Biodiversity

Sustainable Tourism

GIPL works as an exclusive certification partner of Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) for certification against Sustainable Tourism Criteria of India (STCI) developed for Hotel and Tour Operators under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.


The initiative started when Ministry of Tourism, Government of india, convened a National Workshop on Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India in July 2010. Based on the recommendations in this workshop, a sub-committee was formed under the chairmanship by Joint Secretary (Tourism), Government of India and comprising stakeholders for defining Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI). In this context, Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) was established at the behest of the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) as a non-profit organization to promote STCI certification and sustainable practices in the tourism industry across the country. Then pillars of sustainability in tourism sectors were identified and defined for developing indicators that suits country’s tourism sector are –

1. Effective sustainable management
2. Design and construction of buildings and infrastructure
3. Maximize social & economic benefits to the local community and minimize negative impacts
4. Maximize benefits to cultural and historical heritage and minimize negative impacts
5. Maximize benefits to environment and minimize negative impacts
a. Conserving resources
b. Reducing Pollution
c. Conserving biodiversity, ecosystem and landscapes

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