The Biosphere system is a comprehensive management, recognition, and certification framework designed to promote sustainability in territories, destinations, companies, services, and products. It provides guidance, support, and continuous improvement towards the "Horizon 2030" sustainability objectives established by the United Nations. Through the Biosphere system, entities receive accompaniment and advice to enhance their sustainable practices and align with global sustainability goals.
One of the key guarantees offered by the Biosphere system is the opportunity for entities to achieve greater competitiveness by adopting sustainable practices. This includes cost savings in water and energy, as well as an increased marketing value associated with sustainability. The system provides resources, such as access to back-office support and online sustainability training, to facilitate improvements in sustainability performance.
Entities that participate in the Biosphere system also benefit from access to a wide range of tools, information, and resources through the network of the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI). They gain visibility and communication opportunities through the Biosphere platform, showcasing their sustainability efforts and best practices. This can lead to enhanced positioning in the portfolios of tour operators, as well as increased visibility on online travel agencies (OTAs) and specialized websites.
The overarching objective of the RTI, which developed the Biosphere system, is twofold. Firstly, it aims to transfer the principles of sustainable development to the tourism sector through the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other relevant guidelines. The RTI has held international conferences with the sponsorship of UNESCO and UNWTO to advance sustainable tourism practices. Secondly, the RTI seeks to engage all stakeholders and raise awareness among the general public about the importance of tourism's contribution to sustainability.
The Biosphere Circle is a unique approach within the Biosphere system that integrates and unites tourism companies, destinations, tourists, and tourist communication. This holistic vision generates synergies and virtuous circles of sustainability, creating fully sustainable tourism experiences known as Biosphere Experiences.
The Biosphere standard is the adaptation of the 17 SDGs to the tourism context, utilizing analysis and indicators from organizations such as UNWTO, Global Compact, the European Union, and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The work of the RTI and the Biosphere system has been recognized and awarded multiple times, including accolades such as the European Environment Awards and the International Environmental Award.
In summary, the Biosphere system offers entities the opportunity to enhance their sustainability practices, gain recognition for their efforts, and align with global sustainability goals. By participating in the Biosphere system, entities contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and the advancement of sustainable tourism practices worldwide.