Code of conduct for visitors to ecotourism & recreation facilities in public forests


•Minimize environmental and social impact including by learning as much as possible about the forest one is visiting, using responsible or eco-certified service providers, walking only on designated trails, not marking or defacing tree stems, stones and other features, not collecting parts of animals, plants or other ‘mementos’ from the forest and taking all litter out of the forest. One should also abide by regulations relating to visiting ecologically sensitive, historical, cultural or religious sites.

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

•Take action to protect oneself against harm from wildlife, insects, fires, diseases and other natural elements including by learning of possible dangers in specific forest and what action to take in different circumstances, always being accompanied by a trained guide and taking out insurance cover.   

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

•Use locally owned infrastructure for accommodation and transport.

•Ask about the actions one can take to improve the forest and general environment and take action.  

•Support the participation of forest-adjacent communities in ecotourism by using their services, purchasing their products or supporting their projects. 


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