Code of conduct for tour leaders, guides and porters in ecotourism & recreation in public forests


•Be properly trained and equipped to provide clients with adequate information on the forest they are visiting and its biodiversity.   

•Minimize environmental and social impact of forest visits including by adequately educating clients, walking only on designated trails and taking all litter out of the forest. Inform clients of specific requirements relating to visits to ecologically sensitive, historical, cultural or religious sites and ensure that they abide by them.

•Comply with all relevant legislation and guidelines including those governing visits to state forests, environmental conservation, waste management, wildlife, safety and health.

•Take all possible actions to protect clients against harm from wildlife, insects, fires, diseases and other natural elements including by briefing them on the dangers associated with forest visits and what to do in different circumstances, having clear emergency response procedures and maintaining public or third party liability insurance.  

•Monitor the state of the forest in the areas visited and assist KFS in enforcing provisions of the Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016 including by reporting on undesirable changes in the forest, forest fires, illegal harvesting of forest produce and poaching.  

•Respect forest adjacent communities and cultures. Obtain consent before taking clients to their dwellings or taking their photographs.

•Take action to improve the forest and general environment including supporting rehabilitation of forests in the area of operation.   

•Promote participation of forest-adjacent communities in ecotourism including by using their services and encouraging clients to purchase their products.


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