FAQs

What is ECO Egypt?>

ECO EGYPT Experiences is a campaign that aims to reconnect adventurous travellers with Egypt's countless ecological sites and protected areas. With the goal of prompting natural rediscovery and boosting the importance of ecological conservation, the ECO EGYPT Experiences campaign sheds light on all the wildlife, plant diversity, and natural landscapes on offer throughout Egypt. The campaign encourages sustainable, responsible tourism for travellers seeking unique, out-of-the-box experiences. By centering the voices, experiences, and customs of local tribespeople, from Nubians to Bedouins, ECO EGYPT advocates support for local livelihoods by giving a platform for the unique practices, traditions, and crafts of local communities. From camping to diving, stargazing to birdwatching, Egypt's ecological sites promise unparalleled experiences for the curious, young and old. Get a taste of everything Egypt's ecology has to offer and start planning your environmentally conscious, once-in-a-lifetime trip now!

What is ecotourism?>

Ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015). Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

What are the principles of ecotourism?>

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
  • Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment. www.ecotourism.org
What is a Protected Area?>

A protected area is a clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values. ( IUCN Definition 2008) www.iucn.org

How many Protected Areas are there in Egypt?>

There are 30 Protected Areas in Egypt. Visit Protected Areas Tab to find more.

What is the difference between Nature Tourism and Ecotourism?>

“Ecotourism refers to responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education. Nature tourism can refer to any travel with a natural area or feature as a destination or focus.” - cited

What are Ecotourism Products you can find in Egypt?>

Ecotourism products in Egypt are quite few yet the most interesting and authentic. Birdwatching is considered to be one of the most important ecotourism product in Egypt because of the variety of birds species found. Stargazing and Kayaking are also considered from the ecotourism products. Please refer to the Products/Activities tab here in our website to know more.

What is an Ecolodge?>

Many people are curious about what is meant by the word “ecolodge”. The word came into being in the 1990’s and was coined to describe a type of lodge that was distinguished from others by the way it was either constructed or operated, or both. Since then there have been many different notions and strongly defended opinions of what constitutes the right to use the “eco” word. www.worldwideecolodges.comHowever, the needed meaning in our context is that it is a hotel that follows the important rules to achieve the desired goals to preserve the environment.

What is Green Fins?>

Green Fins is an approach to sustainable marine tourism activities operating in South East Asia, Caribbean and the Indian Ocean that works with business operators, communities and governments. It helps to implement environmental standards for the diving and snorkeling industry through a code of conduct.”Egypt is trying now to follow this approach and apply so as to participate fully into the sustainable marine tourism activities and operations. www.greenfins.net

How do I become a Green Fins Dive Center?>

“Dive and snorkel centres operating in active Green Fins locations can become members by signing the membership form and pledging to follow the 15 environmental practices of the Green Fins Code of Conduct according to each and every country instructions and guidelines. Active Green Fins members are then trained, assessed and certified annually by qualified Green Fins Assessors, following the membership process outlined below.” www.greenfins.net

What is Green Star Hotel?>

The Green Star Hotel (GSH) is a national green certification and capacity-building program managed by the Egyptian Hotel Association (EHA) under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.  The GSH program offers an opportunity for hotels operating in Egypt to be internationally recognized for raising their environmental performance and social standards while reducing their operational costs. https://www.greenstarhotel.org/

How do I become a Green Star Hotel?

  • - Register your hotel with the (GSH) Program unit at (EHA)
  • - Providing information about your hotel
  • - Making initial payment of certification fee
  • - Attend a training session delivered by certified GSH professionals
  • - Ensure that your hotel’s management and operations comply with the GSH program standards
  • - Avail your hotel to be audited by international GSH-certified auditors mandated to document compliance
  • - Receive ‘GSH Certificate’ of compliance with the GSH standards showing a star rating (3, 4 or 5 Stars) reflecting the level of compliance achieved.https://www.greenstarhotel.org/how-to-become-certified/