A comprehensive programme aimed at protecting the rich heritage and landscape of the Burren while supporting local employment and economic activity has been given the green light.
The European Commission has this week approved an application from the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark for matched project funding totalling €1.1 million ($2.6 million) under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union's environment fund.
An additional €1.1 million ($1.3 million) in funding will be provided by Clare County Council, Shannon Development, Geological Survey of Ireland, Failte Ireland, National Monuments Service, Office of Public Works, The Heritage Council, National University of Ireland Galway, and University College Dublin.
Carol Gleeson, Project Manager, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, explained that the Geopark applied for the funding last year and will administrate and manage the project over the next five years.
Gleeson said: “The funding will be used to develop and implement scientifically sound and sustainable visitor management and monitoring practices at key natural sites and cultural monuments in the Burren; in locations that have a lot of visitors and are currently under threat from erosion and structural damage.”
“The funding will also be used to assist Burren tourism businesses to adopt environmental practices and policies and to strengthen and support the Burren Ecotourism Network in developing and marketing the Burren as a genuine sustainable tourism destination,” Ms. Gleeson added.
Watch a video of a walking tour of the Burren below: