Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark Leads the Way in Sustainable Tourism
The ‘Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark’ was recently announced as the winner of the Destination Leadership award by The National Geographic, in their prestigious international World Legacy Awards programme at the ITB Berlin Convention in Germany.
National Geographic World Legacy Awards ceremony at the ITB Berlin Convention: Christopher Sinclair,
Chair of Burren Ecotourism Network; Carol Gleeson, Manager of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark;
and Cllr. Mary Howard, Leas Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council.
[Photo: http://clareherald.com. March 10 2016.]
The Geopark, which is managed by Clare County Council and receives support and funding from the Geological Survey of Ireland and Failte Ireland, won the Destination Leadership category of The National Geographic World Legacy Awards for its EU GeoparkLIFE project, which is addressing the balance between conservation and tourism, and has enabled the Global Geopark to lead in sustainable tourism best practices. The Geological Survey of Ireland is one of the project partners and is contributing to the development of best practice in such areas as groundwater and fossil-collecting.
Carol Gleeson, Manager of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark said, “The Destination Leadership Award is a category for destinations demonstrating environmental best practices, protection for cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local people and educating travellers on the principles of sustainable tourism. The recognition received from such a prestigious and well-respected organisation is a ringing endorsement of the work with our partners over a number of years.”
“This work includes facilitating the establishment of the Burren Ecotourism Network, achieving UNESCO Global Geopark status, providing environmental and business training, and most importantly linking high responsible tourism standards with economic benefit to the area and was a key component of attracting €2.2m funding through the EU Life programme to develop an international sustainable tourism destination model,” Ms. Gleeson added.
EU GeoparkLIFE partners
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher is one of three Irish Global Geoparks that recently attained UNESCO status, putting them on an equal footing with the three World Heritage Sites in Ireland. The Geoparks form part of a Global Network of 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks.
New UNESCO logo for Global Geoparks
For more information go to http://www.burrengeopark.ie/