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NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification

Nature, Economy and People Connected (NEPCon) is a global non-profit, mission-driven organization that works for sustainable land use and climate friendly solutions in over 100 countries around the world. Our vision is a world where human choices ensure a sustainable future.

The NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification recognizes the sustainability efforts of accommodations and tour operators who are committed to responsible practices in the travel sector. The certification services are designed around the principles of sustainable development, addressing key environmental, social, cultural and economic topics; and are based on improved and innovative standards (recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council – GSTC) and third-party auditing systems (previously managed by Rainforest Alliance).

NEPCon sustainable tourism standard was was benchmarked against the GSTC standard



 NEPCon sustainable tourism standard is compliant with following hearts of the 


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NEPCon sustainable tourism standard performed as the Greenest Choice , according to the staygreencheck methodology. All the accommodations certified by NEPCon sustainable tourism standard will have the 4 heart of the staygreencheck. You can recognize them as follows:


Eco Certifications

In addition, the NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification services are organized to actively contribute to the travel industry efforts in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Tourism businesses can find in the NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Standards a reliable source of guidance and practical reference on how they can adopt and successfully insert these goals on their management systems.

Five key characteristics of the NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification services:

  • NEPCon Sustainable Tourism certificates are issued for a renewable 3 year-period. Certified businesses, however, must undergo annual surveillance audits that monitor and verify continuous compliance.
  • All audits are performed by approved professional, experienced and third-party auditors.
  • NEPCon certified tourism businesses can use the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Seal to co-brand its certification status.
  • Read the NEPCon sustainable tourism standard here
  • Learn more about NEPCon and the NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification services.

Best practices

Cock of the Rock Lodge was born out of the need to protect the national bird of Peru, from where it gets its name, the fragile rain forests, inhabits, and other local species. After purchasing the land for building the reserve, the lodge then obtained recognition as a Private Conservation Area by Peru’s National Natural Services Protegidas.

La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa

Parque Nacional Yasuni, Providencia, Ecuador.

 Each of the 18 rooms at this lodge feature bright, modern décor and has a private balcony overlooking the lush jungle. They come with a seating area, a fan and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. Rainforest Alliance certification award for sustainability. The property also offers activities such as yoga and kayaking. This property is located about 80 km from the town of Coca.


Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa

Boulevard Benito Juarez 4 Bahia de Tangolunda, Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico.

At the Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, most of the 421 rooms provides a view of the island or ocean. They are equipped with iPod docking stations and select rooms and suites boast a hot tub on the private balcony. Rainforest Alliance certification. The hotel is nearby Copalita Waterfalls, La Bocana Lagoon and Rio Copalita. Guest can also go jogging, snorkeling and sports fishing.


Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort & SPA

David Alfaro Siqueiros No.164 Zona Hotelera Las Glorias, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

271 spacious suites, most with spectacular ocean views. Secrets Vallarta Bay is ideally located on the Mexican Pacific coast in Bahia de Banderas, one of the largest bays in the world. It is 15 minutes from the airport and five minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. It’s just a few steps from the famous Malecón tourist district and its vibrant atmosphere full of galleries, shopping, and an amazing nightlife.


Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun All Inclusive

 Bahia de Petempich SM 12 MZ31 Lote 14-02, Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

 All 441 rooms are non-smoking, modern, stylish, and equipped with all the amenities you may need during your stay such as in-room jacuzzis, a furnished terrace, and 24-hour room service. Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancún is on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 15 miles (24 km) south of Cancun and 20 minutes from Cancún International Airport. With a contemporary design, Secrets Silversands sits in lush tropical vegetation bordered by peaceful beaches and the cool blue waters of the Riviera Cancún. Nearby parks offer eco-adventure sports such as mountain biking, scuba diving, underground river exploration, hiking, bird watching, and fishing. We are also close to iconic Mayan archaeological sites, golf courses, shops, and gourmet restaurants.


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