Burren Geopark
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Burren awarded UNESCO supported Global Geopark Status
Burren and Cliffs of Moher region designated at Norwegian conference

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher region of north Clare have been awarded the prestigious designation of membership of the UNESCO-supported Global Geopark network at the 10th European Geoparks Conference in Langesund, Norway.

Receiving award
Pictured receiving the award from Ms. Margarete Patzak, Programme Specialist, UNESCO is Cllr. Pat Hayes Mayor of Clare, Dr. Pat O’Connor, former Acting Director, Geological Survey of Ireland (on left) and Dr. Ronán Hennessy, Burren Connect Project, County Clare

The Burren now becomes part of a unique group of world locations that form part of the Global Network of National Geoparks. The award is the culmination of a long application process that was coordinated by Clare County Council through the Burren Connect project, with the support of the Geological Survey of Ireland and Shannon Development. There are currently 78 Geoparks in 26 countries worldwide.

Global Geopark status is not a legislative designation. Under the Geopark Network Charter each member must respect and adhere to local and national laws pertaining to conservation, planning, land management and access to private property.

Whilst the award has been granted to the Burren region, the actual components of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark are presently confined to specific public sites of geological and cultural interest, a network of visitor and education centres, the Burren Ecotourism Network businesses, and established walking routes such as the Burren Way and Burren looped walks.

For further information see www.burrenconnect.ie/geopark or the Burren Outdoor Education Centre www.burrenoec.com