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Standard and criteria

Click below to see the full Green Destinations Standard Criteria, used to operate the Certification Programmes QualityCoast, QualityDestination and Slovenia Green.  

The standard has obtained 'Recognised' status by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council; indicating compliance with globallly agreed destination sustainability criteria.

0. Destination characteristics
 100%
100%
  • 1-8   
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    Sustainability coordinator
        
    Organisation managing the destination
        
    Annual number of overnight visitors
        
    Number of inhabitants
        
    Destination attributes
        
    Destination pictures & video
        
    Destination description
        
    Awards
  • 9-10   
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    Scope
        
    Scope changes
  • 11-16   
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    Destination surface
        
    Length of coastline, lakeshore or riverside
        
    Built-up Areas - (A)
        
    Built-up Areas – (B)
        
    Non built-up Areas – (C)
        
    Non built-up Areas – (D)

1. Destination management
 100%
100%
  • 1-5   
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    Sustainability coordinator
        
    Management structure
        
    Vision
        
    Trained coordinator/ team
        
    Tourism sector involvement
  • 6-13   
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    Inventory
        
    Baseline Assessment
        
    Tourism policy
        
    Transparency and enforcement
        
    Tourism action plan
        
    Stakeholder involvement
        
    Visitor Management
        
    Financial strategy
  • 14-20   
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    Indicators
        
    Review and evaluation
        
    Corrective measures
        
    Communication
        
    Records
        
    Management reporting
        
    Public Reporting
  • 21-26   
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    Legal requirements overview
        
    Legal compliance
        
    Ethical code
        
    Corruption
        
    Non-compliance
        
    Fair competition

2. Nature, scenery & animals
 100%
100%
  • 1-5   
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    Nature protection
        
    Natural resource protection
        
    Exotic species
        
    Wildlife protection
        
    Monitoring tourism impacts on nature
  • 6-7   
  •     
    Nature experience
        
    Animal Ethics
  • 8   
  •     
    Landscape & Scenery

3. Environment & climate
 100%
100%
  • 1-5   
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    Environmental risks
        
    Air pollution
        
    Noise
        
    Light pollution
        
    Land use & planning
  • 6-9   
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    Water sourcing
        
    Water quality monitoring
        
    Water quality response
        
    Waste water treatment
  • 10-13   
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    Soft mobility
        
    Public Transport
        
    Travel & Climate
        
    Carbon compensation
  • 14-16   
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    Solid waste reduction
        
    Waste separation
        
    Waste disposal
  • 17-18   
  •     
    Energy consumption monitoring
        
    Reduction fossil fuel dependency
  • 19-20   
  •     
    Responding to climate risks
        
    Climate change information

4. Culture & tradition
 100%
100%
  • 1-3   
  •     
    Cultural heritage conservation
        
    Protecting cultural artefacts
        
    Managing tourism impacts on culture
  • 4-5   
  •     
    Intangible heritage
        
    Respecting authenticity

5. Social well-being
 100%
100%
  • 1-7   
  •     
    Property rights
        
    Resettlement
        
    Indigenous rights
        
    Indigenous intellectual property
        
    Protection of people
        
    Public communication of laws
        
    Monitoring human rights
  • 8-12   
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    Residents involved in planning
        
    Residents informed about sustainable tourism
        
    Stakeholder contributions
        
    Inhabitant satisfaction
        
    Community Empowerment
  • 13-16   
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    Optimising private sector contribution
        
    Promoting local products and services
        
    Monitoring economic impacts
        
    Socio-economic development
  • 17-19   
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    Optimising social impacts
        
    Real estate exploitation
        
    Seasonality
  • 20-22   
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    Health & safety prevention & response
        
    Health & safety monitoring
        
    Crisis & emergency response

6. Business & hospitality
 100%
100%
  • 1-9   
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    Sustainability standards
        
    Publication of certified enterprises
        
    Water consumption
        
    Waste water treatment
        
    Solid waste
        
    Energy and greenhouse gas
        
    Equal and fair employment
        
    Tour guide codes of practice
        
    Product development
  • 10-15   
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    Respectful promotion
        
    Accurate promotion
        
    Visitor behaviour at sensitive sites
        
    Sustainability information
        
    Interpretive information
        
    Green destination marketing
  • 16-19   
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    Visitor monitoring
        
    Visitor satisfaction
        
    Sustainability in visitor survey
        
    Accessibility

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