Gov’t issues certification system for ecotourism sites
A quality certification system has been released by the government as a monitoring and quality control tool for labeling ecotourism sites, which would serve as a way to promote natural resources’ sustainability.
In particular, an eight-point parameter Ecotourism Tracking Tool (ETT) has recently been released by the Ecosystems Research & Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as part of an accreditation system for ecotourism sites.
“This tool will help concerned authorities monitor and evaluate the real activities of resorts, recreational and tourism sites in relation to their friendliness to the environment and adherence to the principles of ecotourism,” said ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado.
Adornado said the ETT has been devised to also evaluate tourist sites’ impact on the economy and on their economic benefits to indigenous people (IP).
IPs and host communities of ecotourism sites, which are often found in biodiversity-rich areas, are bound to have the most interest in protecting natural resources. Thus, the ETT evaluates if a site benefits IPs economically.
This is also why the ERDB is partnering with both the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the DENR and the Department of Tourism in applying use of ETT in ecotourism sites.