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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

  • Reef Check

    Reef Check

  • UNEP

    United Nations Environment Programme's Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum

  • Marine Conservation Society

    Marine Conservation Society

  • CCF

    Cambridge Conservation Forum


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).

  • World Travel and Tourism Council

    World Travel and Tourism Council Tourism For Tomorrow Awards: Finalist in the "Environment" category (international award scheme based)

  • First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards

    First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards: Winner of the "Best Volunteering Organisation" award (international award scheme based in the UK)

  • Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards

    Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards: Winner of the category "Countryside and wildlife" (international award scheme)

  • 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)

  • Reef Check

    Reef Check Awards: Our executive director is made a "Hero of the Reef" for services to coral reef conservation worldwide (international award scheme based in the USA)

  • Tripbase

    Best Volunteering Holidays Award: Award by (international award scheme 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)

  • 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)

  • SealSkinz Extreme Award

    SealSkinz X-treme Award: Winner (UK award scheme)

  • Britannica

    Website Award from the publishers of the Encyclopedia Britannica

  • National Geographic

    National Geographic Traveler Tours of a Lifetime Award: Several awards for our projects on snow leopards, wolf, lynx and other species across the world (international award scheme based in the USA)

  • Green Apple

    Environmental Best Practice Award: Silver award by the Green Organisation (international award scheme based in the UK)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Yves Rocher fondation

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

  • Islands

    Blue List Award: Best in Sustainable Travel for Azores expedition (international award scheme run by magazine based in the USA)

  • 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 "100 places that will change your life" accolade for Costa Rica expedition; National Geographic Adventurer "Best New Trip" accolade for Slovakia expedition.

  • BBC Wildlife

    "Top Wildlife Conservation Holiday" for Sumatra expedition; "Top Ten Conservation Holiday" for Altai expedition

  • Travel + Leisure

    "Best Adventure Outfitter" and "Best Save-the-Earth Trip" listings

  • Wall Street Journal

    "Best Volunteer Travel" for Namibia expedition

  • Merian

    "Unforgettable Travel Adventure (Unvergessliches Reiseabenteuer)" for taster days and Honduras expedition


    "Top Responsible Holiday" for Amazonia expedition

  • Travel with a mate

    "Best Volunteer Dive Organisation" (international online magazine)

  • Outside

    "Trip of the Year" for Maldives expedition

  • Endless Vacation

    "Best Trip that Offers a Way Back" for Malaysia expedition

  • Skyscanner

    "Great Humanitarian Travel Option" for Amazonia expedition

  • Get Lost!

    "30 Great Escapes / Best Adventure Trips on the Planet" 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.


    "Life-changing volunteering trip" for Tien Shan expedition

  • The Guardian

    "Ten Best Wildlife Volunteering Holidays" for Oman expedition; "Ten Best Wildlife Holidays in Europe" for Azores expedition.

  • sundaytimes

    "Most satisfying trip of the year" for Altai 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?)

  • Telegraph

    "Twenty of the world's greatest adventures" for Brazil expedition

  • Business Insider

    "Best Volunteer Vacation" for Namibia expedition

  • World Travel Guide

    "Ethical experience" for Sumatra expedition, "10 of the best conservation holidays" for Slovakia and Malaysia expeditions

  • de Volkskrant

    "Top Ten Ethical Operators" listing for Biosphere Expeditions

  • GreatNonprofits

    "Top Rated Noprofit" listing for Biosphere Expeditions by

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