About us

Mission

Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA) endeavors to disseminate the ecolodge concepts by offering the 110-item Japan Ecolodge Checklist and the certification scheme. We firmly believe that locally operated low-impact nature-based lodges with educational and interpretative programs can lead to help conservation and improve sustainability of surrounding nature while revitalizing local economy.

 

Sustainability Policy and Performance

We have generated a 110 item ecolodge checklist to raise the awareness of conservation and sustainability for ecolodge members. Our policy is to gather information and promote sustainable accommodations in Japan under International standards. Performance can be measured by reading our criteria and self-audit results of our members. In June 2008, we have introduced a registration/certification system based on the checklist. The certified have a grace period of two years that they can self-audit, but after the third year, ECOLA conducts the external audit for authentification.

Environmental/Ecological Impact

Choosing products of ‘green purchasing’ and ‘energy conservation’ can assist minimize the impacts. We encourage members to use them as each product offers detailed information on environmental impacts provided by Green Purchasing Network and The Energy Conservation Center.

Social/Cultural Impact

Each of our member ecolodge is small scale and run by one or a small group of operators. Because of its location and scale, tourists are guaranteed for full attention of the operator(s) to appreciate both social and cultural practice.

Economic Impact

We are a non-governmental and non-profit organization that mutually benefit with local economy where ecolodges are located. We are supported by donations of responsible tourists and companies. All interests accrued on our postal savings will go to International Voluntary Aid.

Innovative Best Practices

Japan seems to focus ‘eco’ concepts that are more ECOnomical than ECOlogical. This is also applied on ‘eco’tours and ‘eco’lodges. We promote the true ecolodges under the International standards not to be swayed by economical means. This grass-root activity is slow to blossom but should be carried out with scrutiny.


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