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An ecolodge is an accommodation facility that satisfies at least five of the criteria listed below, three of which must embody the main principle of ecotourism; that of conservation of neighboring lands, benefits to local communities and interpretation to both local population and guest:

  1. Helps in the conservation of the surrounding flora and fauna.
  2. Endeavors to work together with the local community.
  3. Offers interpretative programs to educate both its employees and tourists about the surrounding natural and cultural enviroenments.
  4. Uses alternative, sustainable means of water acquisition and reduces water consumption.
  5. Provides for careful handling and disposal of solid waste and sewage.
  6. Meets its energy needs through passive design and renewable energy souces.
  7. Uses traditional building technology and materials wherever possible and combines there with their modern counterparts for greater sustainability.
  8. Has minimal impact on the natural surroundings during construction.
  9. Fits into its specific physical and cultural contexts through careful attention.
  10. Contributes to sustainable local community development through education programs and research.

Mehta 1999

photos by Urita & Takayama

Japan Ecolodge Association observe the above definitions and makes efforts to help grow the environmentally-sustainable accommodations both home and abroad to meet the international standards.