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Ecotourism Australia Association

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Ecotourism Australia Association is one of the world’s leading ecotourism organisations.  EAA is well known internationally for its Nature and Ecotourism Certification Program (NEAP).  NEAP was set up to identify and certify genuine nature and ecotourism products in Australia.  The NEAP application form is a useful resource for botanic garden staff that are new to ecotourism.  The application form identifies core criteria that an attraction, such as a botanic garden, must have to be certified either for nature tourism, ecotourism or advanced ecotourism.  The core areas addressed in detail are interpretation, environmental sustainability, contribution to conservation, community partnerships, benefits to communities and cultural components.  The application document also has a guide to innovative practice in these key criteria.