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Biosphere Expeditions’ awards, accreditations & accolades


Biosphere Expeditions is an officially accredited member of the following bodies

IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature UNEP United Nations Environment Programme's Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum
Reef Check Reef Check Marine Conservation Society Marine Conservation Society


Biosphere Expeditions has won the following awards (our definition of "award" is a process that requires an entry via an application form and where a winner is chosen on a competitive basis by a judging panel).

First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards: Winner of the "Best Volunteering Organisation" award (international award scheme based in the UK). National Geographic Multiple National Geographic awards: NG Traveler "Tours of a Lifetime" awards for Altai and Namibia expeditions (international award scheme based in the USA).
Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards: Highly commended in the categories "Best for Protection of Endangered Species" and "Best Volunteering Organisation" (international award scheme based in the UK) Green Apple Environmental Best Practice Award: Silver award by the Green Organisation (international award scheme based in the UK)
Tripbase Best Volunteering Holidays Award: Award by (international award scheme based in the USA) Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award (for Responsible Tourism): Winner of the "Conservation Award" (international award scheme run by magazine based in the USA)
Future50 Future 50 Award: Our Executive Director, Dr. Matthias Hammer, is named in the Future 50 class of "ones to watch" (UK award scheme based in Norfolk) Umwelt online Umwelt-Online-Award (Environment-Online-Award): German government prize awarded to businesses and organisations with an online presence who have displayed excellence and best practice for the environment (international award scheme based in Germany)
Greenstop Best Practice and Environmental Excellence Award: From Greenstop.Net, who assess eco-friendly practices and responsible tourism (international award scheme based in the UK) Yves Rocher fondation

"Trophée de femmes": Our Namibia scientist was made a laureate of this environmental prize by the Fondation Yves Rocher

SealSkinz Extreme Award SealSkinz X-treme Award: Winner (UK award scheme) Islands Blue List Award: Best in Sustainable Travel for Azores expedition (international award scheme run by magazine based in the USA)
Britannica Website Award from the publishers of the Encyclopedia Britannica EDP Awards EDP Environment Award: Winner (UK award scheme)


Biosphere Expeditions has won the following accolades (our definition of "accolade" is a listing, usually through an editorial process, which does not require an application).

National Geographic National Geographic Adventurer "Best New Trip" listing for Slovakia expedition The Independent "Best Holiday for Green-Minded Travellers" for experience days; "Top Ten Outdoor Pursuits" for Altai & Azores expeditions; "Best Desert Adventure Holiday" for Arabia expedition; "Best Activity and Adventure Break" for Musandam expedition; "Best Volunteer Career Break" for Brazil expedition; "Best for the Wild at Heart" for Slovakia expedition.
BBC Wildlife "Top Wildlife Conservation Holiday" for Sumatra expedition; "Top Ten Conservation Holiday" for Altai expedition "Life-changing volunteering trip" for Tien Shan expedition
Travel + Leisure "Best Adventure Outfitter" and "Best Save-the-Earth Trip" listings The Guardian "Ten Best Wildlife Volunteering Holidays" for Oman expedition; "Ten Best Wildlife Holidays in Europe" for Azores expedition.
Wall Street Journal "Best Volunteer Travel" for Namibia expedition sundaytimes "Most satisfying trip of the year" for Altai expedition
Merian "Unforgettable Travel Adventure (Unvergessliches Reiseabenteuer)" for taster days and Honduras expedition P.M. "Top Holiday For Nature" listing in the category "Where can I do something for nature during my holidays?" (Wo kann man im Urlaub etwas für die Natur tun?) "Top Responsible Holiday" for Amazonia expedition Telegraph "Twenty of the world's greatest adventures" for Brazil expedition
Travel with a mate "Best Volunteer Dive Organisation" (international online magazine) Business Insider "Best Volunteer Vacation" for Namibia expedition
Outside "Trip of the Year" for Maldives expedition Get Lost! "30 Great Escapes / Best Adventure Trips on the Planet" for Slovakia expedition
Endless Vacation "Best Trip that Offers a Way Back" for Malaysia expedition World Travel Guide "Ethical experience" for Sumatra expedition
Skyscanner "Great Humanitarian Travel Option" for Amazonia expedition    

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