After much effort and work, the TSC has achieved the 5 leaves of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism in its Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve.
But…what is the CST? This is an incentive to private enterprise in tourism in environmental material, operational efficiency and social projection. This program is an excellent tool to promote sustainable tourism in the country, is voluntary, directed to all segments and is non-profit. It is also of low cost and is strictly technical.
The businesses that have the certification are characterized and distinguished for being businesses that avoid damaging emissions, contamination, take actions in management and risk of nature, manage the wastes that they produce, have programs for saving water and light, invite the visitor to get to know the natural riches of the country and urges them to protect and care for them, carry out the normative established by the organization, employ and capacitate the residents of the communities where they operate and promote the customs and traditions of the country.
The categorization of the businesses that participate in the CST program is carried out through a categorization manual design by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism – ICT, exclusively for this purpose. The levels to be obtained are called levels of sustainability, established on a scale of 0 to 5 and each one indicates a relative position of the business in terms of sustainability. The level #1 indicates that the business has taken the first step, the subsequent levels correspond to continually more advanced states that culminate in level 5. These levels are represented by a logotype in form of a leaf/face.
In the Tropical Science Center, new sustainable practices have been established in order to fulfill the fundamental objectives of the program, consisting of transforming the concept of sustainability in something tangible, practical and necessary.