|Kiskeya Alternative Certification Program:
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© Kalalú-Danza 1999
Membership in groups as the Environmental Conservation Tourism Association, Partners in Responsible Tourism or the Ecotourism Society requires only the payment of a membership fee. For example, the Ecotourism Society does not certify a member's compliance, nor does it endorse any member product or organization. Instead, the society requires members sign a pledge stating that the member will be a "responsible traveler or travel related professional who conserves natural environments and sustains the well-being of local people."
While this ethic sounds good and this self regulatory system boasts the best of intentions, missing are any type of audits, no system of double-checking information and no "teeth" in which members are judged or penalized for misconduct. The absence of accreditation programs has prompted some to suggest the creation of such a third-party organization, such as the firms that measure and certify organic coffee for the world market. But ecotourism is not only a commodity - it a social process, one that is exceedingly difficult to measure or regulate successfully."
Ron Mader, pasted and copied from
Kiskeya Alternative Certification Program:
1- Process and Goals
Kiskeya Alternative Destination is a pilot (and research) project that aims developing tools and networks to support the development of sustainable (and alternative) tourism initiatives in Haiti and Dominican Republic, specially applications of the Newest Information and Communication Technologies.
Since its launching, the lack clear definition and commonly accepted criterion of what is "sustainable tourism (and ecotourism) was evident, as well and the missing any type of tools or mechanisms for measuring environmental, social, economic, and cultural sustainability of tourism initiatives, in both countries of Kiskeya island.
Kiskeya Alternative opened this program with the following goals:
2. Activities developed:
Also we analyzed the particular legal, normative and used procedures for using the "ecotourism" name in both Haiti and Dominican Republic.
2.2 Second step the Tourism Sustainability Identification Questionnaire
(V.1) (June July 1999)
A first tool was build up, much out of the bibliographic references, exchanges with professional and the field experience of the two researchers, Yacine Khelladi and Myriam Botto. Between the 7th and 11th of July a reality check of the questionnaire validity was conducted on the field, interviewing 4 institutions (one private business, 2 Ngos, and a community association)
The results of this phase can be accessed
3. Next steps and perspectives
3.1 The National Tourism Sustainability Certification Network
Our next move will be to present our preliminary work and results to several institutions (environmental Ngos, academic, official tourism institutions, specialized bodies) in both countries and propose a common work to create a real certification tool, to be endorsed by all those institutions.
3.2 Quality Label
To guaranty the success of our promotional and commercialization efforts we think necessary to begin a process to also establish a "Quality of Service" Label that will ensure to users (visitors) that they will receive a quality controlled level of service, corresponding to what was "sold".
3.3 Ethic guide or code of practice
Redaction of an Ethic guide or code of practice to which KAD partners will have to sign and comply.
3.4 Caribbean Tourism Sustainability Certification, Consulting and Assistance Network
This is a project proposal that aims to:
create and/or reinforce and links between researchers and institutions that develop activities in this area Extend the "Tourism Sustainability Certification" and "Service Quality Label" to a regional level Propose consulting services for helping tourism initiatives to enhance their level of sustainability (social, cultural, environmental, economic, etc.)
create mechanism to make regional providers meet tourism project in need of solutions to their sustainability problematic
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Turismo sostenible y comercio electrónico, proyecto piloto de
Fundación Taiguey, Inc.
P.O.Box 109-Z Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Rep. Dominicana
Tel.: 1-809-537 89 77
E-mail: -- http://www.kiskeya-alternative.org
updated August 23 1999