UNESCO Recognition for Burren Businesses

Fifty-eight businesses from across North Clare have been recognised for their commitment to sustainability practices at an awards ceremony organised by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark.

The enterprises in the Burren Ecotourism Network received "Code of Practice" certificates for the period 2020/2021 from the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. The code was developed with EU LIFE funding and launched by the Geopark in 2016. It is the only one of its kind in Ireland and within the 169 global Geoparks across 44 countries, worldwide.

Adherence to the code, which is a core criterion of membership of the Burren Ecotourism Network, involves a number of measures. These include measuring waste output, water consumption and energy usage, conservation and taking part in community outreach and advocacy initiatives, as well as networking events and green purchasing.

Businesses in the network include Ireland’s only two carbon neutral hotels, Hotel Doolin and the Falls Hotel & Spa, as well as visitor attractions like the Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Cave and Bird of Prey Centre, Doolin Cave and independent operators, including walking guides such as "Cormac’s Coast".

Carol Gleeson, Manager of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark, explained that a core criterion of membership of the Burren Ecotourism Network is for the business to provide evidence of their contributions towards working together, actively engaging in conservation, supporting the local economy and community activities, gaining knowledge of heritage and the environment, and reducing their carbon footprint through waste, water and energy management.