Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark have been awarded the National Geographic Legacy Award f
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark Ireland
What began as a community project in 2007, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark today represents a vibrant and successful destination-wide partnership between the private sector, local villagers and municipal authorities working together to safeguard one of Ireland's most beautiful natural landscapes - a place dotted with historic hamlets, emerald sheep farms and centuries-old walking trails. The GeoparkLIFE sustainable destination strategy demonstrates the power of well-planned and managed tourism to improve local livelihoods and provide a high-quality, educational visitor experience. Working in partnership with the Burren Ecotourism Network, they established training and mentoring programs for community businesses with specific benchmarks including green operations and support for the protection of natural and cultural heritage. "By developing a destination-wide partnership we are bringing together villagers and municipal authorities to improve livelihoods, strengthen communities and create a sustainable future for our rural way of life," says Carol Gleeson, Manager for the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, who grew up on a nearby farm. A key to their success is ensuring that the Cliffs of Moher, renowned for stunning rock formations, is not just a photo stop on coach tours from Dublin. The result is more travelers staying longer and supporting local businesses including the Burren Food Trail, a collection of culinary artisans, and Adventure Burren, an association of expert guides and eco-outfitters.