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The Azores are the world’s first and only archipelago in the world with the sustainable tourism stamp

Getting more than 40 sustainable criteria, led the the Azores to win the certificate of sustainable tourist destination. We couldn’t be more proud of it! This certificate was awarded by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This certification process started in 2017, proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

The main concerns of the government are:

  • Nature conservation and biodiversity protection
  • Energy production and management
  • Management and inspection of noise, air quality, waste and water
  • Environmental education and promotion actions
  • Valorization of indigenous products, Azorean heritage and culture

Improving this subjects and way more, got the Azores the silver certificate, so there’s still a long way to go to get the gold one. Being sustainable is a process without ending, where it’s everybody job to be part of. The government goal is to be facilitating agent for the preservation and enhancement of the territory and its people, with a view to the sustainability of the destination, in its present and future.

Tips for practicing sustainable tourism:

  • Don’t waste a lot of water
  • Try not to buy disposable items
  • Don’t colect plants
  • If you can go explore by feet, do it

It is our and your job to help improving our amazing archipelago.