Achieving Environmentally Sustainable Tourism

The tourism industry must take a leading role in protecting and enhancing the environment on which it depends, for the benefit of future generations.

Industry Goals 7 & 8

Tourism is recognised for its contribution to protecting, restoring and enhancing New Zealand’s natural environment and biodiversity.


7 Tourism businesses actively support and champion ecological restoration initiatives.

8 Tourism businesses are measuring, managing and minimising their environmental footprint.

Business Commitments

The Environmental Commitments suggest practical actions that tourism businesses can do to benefit the environment: ecological restoration, reducing carbon use, minimising waste and educating others on the importance of New Zealand’s natural environment.

11 Ecological Restoration: Businesses contribute to ecological restoration initiatives.

12 Carbon Reduction: Businesses have carbon reduction programmes towards carbon neutrality.

13 Waste Management: Businesses have waste reduction and management programmes.

14 Education: Businesses actively engage with their visitors and communities on the importance of restoring, protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s natural environment.

How To

See the Tools pages for guides, useful links and and tips to help you achieve these Environment Commitments.


Visit this page to see all the industry Goals and business Commitments.