El Silencio Lodge & Spa in Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica holds the maximum Five Leave rating in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), an initiative led by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). The Certification of Sustainable Tourism (CST) champions and encourages sustainability in the travel and tourism sector. Its holistic focus includes a periodic evaluation to assess a company’s commitment to human welfare and environmental health.
The Blue Flag Ecology Program is a joint venture of several Costa Rican authorities, including the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, MINAE (Ministry of Environment), National Water Service, Ministry of Public Health and CANATUR (National Tourism Chamber), and member communities. The Blue Flag Ecology Program was founded with the purpose of improving education and information regarding the environment.
The Costa Rican Network of Nature Reserves is a private association of 200 members that have voluntarily committed to the conservation of Costa Rica's tropical forests. Their combined forest assets total more than 140,000 hectares of protected forest. The Network leverages the full support of the Costa Rican government, NGOs, and private citizens.