Management & PartnershipsWorking Together brings Reward for EveryoneSimply put, the Burren is a wonderful place that needs to sustain lives and livelihoods but it’s also a place that itself needs to be sustained with care and common sense. Local people are embracing that challenge.
Community & Business
Valuable information, connections and opportunities for local residents of the Burren.
As well as being a world-celebrated destination and unique site for visitors, it’s vital to recognise that the Burren and Cliffs of Moher region is a much loved and strong local neighbourhood for tens of thousands.
It is a vibrant home, a workplace, a community: a living, active place where families are reared; where work is done; where food is produced; where business is transacted; where farmers live off the land; where people explore and learn, and; where fun, culture and entertainment are ingrained in the local DNA.
Simply put, the Burren is a wonderful place that needs to sustain lives and livelihoods but it’s also a place that itself needs to be sustained with care and common sense. Local people are embracing that challenge.
Local people know we need thriving communities and a way of living that doesn’t harm our environment and culture. The reality is that one can’t exist without the other. We need a protected environment to ensure a prosperous local economy and a rich quality of life for all.
The Geopark organisation is working hard to play our part to ensure this happens for the local population. So whether you’re a local community, resident, farmer, business, school or interested group, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher organisation is your organisation too
Partnering with Communities
Through the GeoparkLIFE project, we established a model for developing the skill base of our community stakeholders in the understanding, management and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Geopark region. We also developed a guideline for working with communities on conservation projects.
Sustainable tourism businesses can play an active role in conserving their environment which in turn can sustain their tourism industry. We have developed a model for partnering with tourism businesses that gives environmental, social and economic benefits to the businesses involved and the region.
The landscape of the Geopark is a mosaic of specialised natural habitats, hosting unique and varied flora and fauna. Through taking a partnership approach involving the management agencies and landowners of the region, we have developed an integrated management approach to ensure the best management of our sites.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark in partnership with a local business network has developed a Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism to help businesses in a destination to work together for the benefit of their local business, their environment, and the well-being and livelihood of their local community.
Through our GeoparkLIFE Tourism for conservation project (2012-2017), we partnered with community groups, local businesses and state agencies to establish good practice guidelines and case studies for balancing tourism and conservation in high nature value destinations. We commissioned a number of independent studies.