BIOSPHERE is an integral system of management, recognition and certification of a territory, destination, company, service or product, which through accompaniment
and advice continously works towards achievement of the "Horizon 2030" sustainability objectives established by the United Nations.
BIOSPHERE pioneered in the sector,
having been the first sustainability certification system to incorporate social and cultural issues (1998), the first one to value the sustainable efforts of a destination worldwide (2009), and the first to develop an online certification process (2015). Since
2017, BIOSPHERE is the first global sustainability certification system aligned with the general goals and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid down in the “Horizon 2030” Agenda of the United Nations.
BIOSPHERE© certification is awarded by the RESPONSIBLE TOURISM INSTITUTE (RTI), an independent body created in 1995 with UNESCO support with the aim of promoting tourism activities and programs
at international level in destinations and companies according to the principles of sustainable development, and recognizing - through the BIOSPHERE brand - the contribution of the tourism sector in respect of:
- the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations,
World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20;
- the Guidelines of the Paris Climate Summit (COP21).
The BIOSPHERE standard hence is the application of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to the tourism sector, through the analysis and indicators of the UNWTO, the EU indicators and the criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
founded under the auspices of the United Nations Foundation.
Compiled from information available in https://www.biospheretourism.com