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The Burren, County Clare, Ireland
Ballyvaughan
Geopark code

Code of Practice

Sustainable tourism and the Geopark code of practice.

A very important aspect of UNESCO Global Geoparks‘ programmes is sustainable tourism development. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher already have a very well-developed tourism offering. With the Cliffs of Moher attracting over one million visitors per year and the adjacent Burren having a National Park, visitor centres, managed archaeological sites, numerous walking and cycling trails, top quality food and accommodation and of course, the hugely successful Wild Atlantic Way.

Sea view

The approach of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark is to work with the tourism sector to develop an ethos and practice of sustainability.

With the Burren Ecotourism Network, the Geopark is raising the standard of sustainable practices among tourism businesses across the entire destination of the Geopark and across all types of businesses.

To achieve this, we have developed the Geopark Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism.

Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland
Lisdoonvarna, town in County Clare

The Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism and its supporting training and mentoring programme is essentially a framework that will allow businesses in a destination to come together to build a sustainable tourism offering. This framework also allows each business that engages in the code to develop an environmental action plan.