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Forest Certification LLC became a GSTC member in 2015, and UCS itself is a new GSTC member.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global membership council that offers a common understanding of sustainable tourism and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and criteria. The GSTC is currently active in all UNWTO regions, including Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and brings together governments, UN bodies, research and academic institutions, social and environmental NGOs, certification programs, and others from distinct regions of the world, by providing global sustainable tourism guidelines and international accreditation to help protect the environment and support local communities.

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