idGuides Standards

idGuides Standards for competitive community-based ecotourism

idGuides has developed a comprehensive set of standards uniquely combining 3 core pillars – Great Product, Service & Safety, Positive Impact:

  • Well-designed community-based ecotourism products & services building on landscape, nature, knowledge and cultural assets, and which are attractive to accessible responsible markets;
  • Solid risk management systems, communication and leadership standards appropriate for wilderness, operational and guiding context
  • Required institutional governance arrangements to ensure participation and benefit-sharing for conservation, community and development.

Anyone can apply to idGuides to qualify for membership of idGuides Connect, the umbrella organization and online directory for idGuides professional members. To apply for idGuides Connect membership, you must provide evidence qualifying in all three standard sets above. idGuides is happy to help individual guides, communities, operators or hotels interested to qualify for these.