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Our Commitment

We are committed to building a tourism industry that promotes a sustainable use of natural assets and focuses on improving biodiversity.


Our vision is to support the development of a tourism industry in Northern BC that is committed to the sustainable use of natural assets and to the promotion of biodiversity. We will do this through:  

  • Positioning NBCTA as a champion of sustainability
  • Pursuing Biosphere Certification and implementing the Biosphere process for communities and businesses
  • Aspiring and adhering to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
  • Ensuring the implementation of effective policies, procedures and systems that prioritize accessibility and inclusion
  • Developing a tourism industry that is committed to respecting and upholding the socio-cultural authenticity and traditional values of host communities, and to supporting inter-cultural understanding

The 17 Goals of Sustainable Development

01 No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere. 


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

03 Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

04 Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

05 Gender Equality

Archive gender equality and empower all women and girls.

06 Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

07 Affordable Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

08 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

09 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

10 Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

13 Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate changes and its impacts.*

14 Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

15 Life On Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forest, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

16 Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effect, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

17 Partnership for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

BC Tourism Sustainability Network

Want to learn more about implementing sustainable practices in your tourism business? Explore the resources from the BC Tourism Sustainability Network (BCTSN) at Access practical guides, worksheets, and videos designed to support your sustainability journey. Whether you’re just starting out, or building on your sustainability goals, the BCTSN has resources for you. If you’d like further support on your sustainability journey, tourism operators can join the complimentary BC Tourism Sustainability Program and receive one-on-one guidance and additional resources. Learn more & register now


What is Biosphere?

Biosphere is a Sustainable Tourism System certified by the Responsible Tourism Institute, an international certification body that maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO, is affiliated to the World Tourism Organization, and is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The system is aligned with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris COP21 Accord to Fight Climate Change.

The Biosphere Commitment Program allows tourism industry stakeholders within Northern BC to be recognized and involved through the Biosphere Certification. The Commitment Program follows a simple process in order to be recognized as a Biosphere Committed Company.

Learn more about Biosphere

Sustainability Lens Assessment

Northern BC Tourism, in partnership with GreenStep, is pleased to support stakeholders in the region to measure and improve their sustainability performance through the “Sustainable Tourism Lens” assessment.

This online assessment will allow stakeholders to gain rapid insight into how their business or organization is performing based on GreenStep’s Sustainable Tourism criteria, which has been recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

After completing the assessment, a summary scorecard will be provided along with a comparison with similar tourism operators and a recommended action plan to improve your business’ sustainability practices.
Northern BC Tourism Association is offering the Sustainability Lens Assessment FREE of charge for one year (valued at $99 plus tax).
Register for your assessment

Resource Hub 

The Sustainability Resource Hub is filled with calculators, tools, strategies, and resources to assist you in your sustainability journey.

Access the hub here 

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Northern BC Tourism

1274 5th Avenue

Prince George, BC V2L 3L2

T: 250.561.0432

F: 250.561.0450