«Ecotourism in Norway is enriching nature and cultural experiences,organised by responsible tourism companies with consideration for their guests, the environment and the local community that they are a part of».
Developing Ecotourism Norway: An unique certification scheme for Norwegian ecotourism
The Ecotourism Norway project is run by GRIP - Green in Practice, a Norwegian foundation, in cooperation with Innovation Norway, the Norwegian directorates for Cultural Heritage and Nature Management and a test group made up of tourism companies and a destination. The Norwegian government has financed the project.
As a result of the project a certification scheme for Norwegian ecotourism was officially presented in January 2008 and the first companies are currently in the process of certification. The certification scheme is developed uniquely with the Norwegian nature and cultural heritage in mind, but is fully inline with the prinsiples recommended by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES).