What

What is it?

The Barcelona Biosphere Commitment to Sustainable Tourism is a programme for companies, services and public organizations in the counties of Barcelona Province aiming to improve their sustainable tourism management and their position as tourism destinations.

More and more travellers are opting for tourism that has a positive impact on the city and that is respectful to the local population, the environment and makes an efficient use of resources.

By fulfilling a series of requirements, Barcelona City Council offers tour operators the opportunity to adhere to the Biosphere Barcelona Commitment. This is based on a handbook of best practices that includes the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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In 2011, Barcelona was the first city in the world to be awarded with the Biosphere certification, granted by the Institute of Responsible Tourism (IRT), an independent body promoted by UNESCO, and recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Benefits

Benefits of integrating and publicizing sustainable initiatives:

  • Position yourself in an emerging market
  • Improve your company’s credibility and reputation
  • Attract new customers with environmental awareness
  • Differentiate yourself and stand out from your competitors
  • Added value for your products/services
  • Establish new relationships with other sustainable organisations
  • Consolidate your entity in the long term
  • Contributes to promoting a more sustainable tourism industry that is more committed to the environment

How can I join?

Commit to sustainability

The certification is linked to a voluntary and independent commitment, based on the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement.

Contact us

We will contact you and send you the necessary documentation to fill to start the procedure.

Receive training and advising

We will support you throughout the process of meeting the criteria for the standard and will suggest improvements for your entity in the area of sustainability.

Develop your Annual Action Plan

The Sustainable Tourism Committee will be in charge of validating your entity's Commitment to Sustainability.

Congratulations!

Once the process is complete, you will receive your Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle certification!

Take part in Destination Workshops

We will help you bring in and implement the improvements recommended for you.

Join us in fighting for sustainable tourism!