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Protection of the Burren

The Burren

The Burren's special character, arising from the complex interaction of geology and physical landscape, natural scenic beauty, wildlife, a wealth of historic and prehistoric monuments, and local culture and activities make it one of Europe's most unique landscapes. In order to ensure the protection of this natural resource, on which Burren tourism depends, a coordinated approach to visitor management and environmental protection within the Burren is underway.

Burren Connect

Burren Connect work on the environmental protection of the Burren and are committed to protecting and maintaining the natural environment of the sensitive landscape of the Burren, while developing the tourism resource and a visitor management strategy that promotes environmentally friendly use of the landscape by visitors. Initiatives include information provision and education, traffic management, implement best practices associated with conservation, marketing initiatives and research.

Burren Connect is supported by Clare County Council, Shannon Development, Geological Survey of Ireland, Heritage Council National Parks and Wildlife Services, National Monuments Services, Fáilte Ireland, BurrenBeo Trust and the Burren Connect Advisory Committee.

For further information contact:

Carol Gleeson
Project Manager
Ennistymon Area Office
Ennis Road
Co. Clare
Telephone: (065) 7072296

Burren Geopark

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark is a member of the UNESCO-supported Global and European Geoparks Network. In 2011, the geopark award was granted to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher region in recognition for the established network of specific sites of geological interest (geosites).

There are 9 geosites as follows:

  • Flaggy Shore
  • Fanore Beach
  • Doolin Pier
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells & Amenity Park
  • Poulnabrone
  • Carron Turlough
  • Burren National Park
  • Lough Bunny

Burren Ecotourism Network

The Burren Ecotourism Network comprising of 18 businesses was launched on 3rd March 2011. The Burren Ecotourism Network is an expanding group of businesses whose vision is that the Burren will become a premier internationally recognised ecotourism region. The network is offering visitors opportunities to engage with the protected landscape of the Burren in a manner which is sustainable both in terms of the environment as well as the community. Accommodation, food, farming, outdoor activities, culture and heritage are all part of the network, which has woven together all the elements that make the area attractive to visitors looking for authentic tourism experiences. Tourism businesses involved in the network are committed to local produce, conservation and the community, as well as continuing high levels of sustainability.

Burrenbeo Trust

The work of the Burrenbeo included the development and delivery of the successful Eco Beo education programme, the creation of information and educational resources including an award winning website, multilingual fact sheets and on-line educational modules. The aim of the trust is to build on, and continue this work to the same high standard ensuring the involvement of Burren enthusiasts from all over the world in the development of a strong and active membership base.

The Burren Community Charter

The Burren Community Charter started life with a proposal to the Heritage Council in support of a community led approach in building a character for the Burren. Local communities are encouraged and empowered to become architects of their landscape and destiny.

The BurrenLIFE Project

The BurrenLIFE Project is the first major farming for conservation project in Ireland. The objective of the project is to develop a new model for sustainable agriculture in the Burren in order to conserve the habitats of the region designated under the Habitats Directive.

The Burren IFA

The Burren IFA is the main representative body for the farmers of the Burren. The Burren IFA group was established in 1995 as a local branch for the national organisation in order to represent the unique interests of Burren farmers at a national level. The group was involved in the negotiation of the Burren REPS agreement in 1995, and continues to play a leading role in the development of agriculture in the Burren region.

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