Burren Ecotourism Network

Lisdoonvarna Fáilte is a Social Enterprise organisation based in North Clare.

We recognise that we have an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the physical & cultural environment both generally and locally in the Burren Region.
For us, being members of the Burren Ecotourism Network acknowledges the great work laid down by the generation that came before us and, as the number of stakeholders within the Burren Region grows, strengthens the common goals between all of passing on the values shared to us by our parents on to our children.

To this end Lisdoonvarna Fáilte CLG through Staff Training, patrons and user groups education and valid interpretation are committed to taking the following actions.

  • To achieve sound environment pracities across our entire operation
  • To produce an Annual Environmental Plan setting out our Objectives, Targets and planned Actions.
  • To comply fully with all relevant legislation.
  • To minimise our waste and/reduce our water consumption where possible, identifying, fixing and preventing leaks is just one of the ways we do this.
  • To Reduce, Reuse and Recycle the resources consumed by our business where ever practical.
  • To invite our customers, visitors, suppliers and contractors  to participate in our efforts to protect the environment. Staff awareness of and drawing from The Leave No Trace Seven Principles helps us to achieve this.
  • To Provide all employees with the training and resources required to meet our objectives.
  • To constantly and consistently engage with and support our clients and user groups within The Burren and nationally.
  • To monitor and record our environmental impacts on a regular basis and compare our performance with our policies, objectives and targets.

Leave No Trace Principles adapted by Lisdoonvarna Fáilte CLG

Leave No Trace Ireland is a network of organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the responsible recreational use of the outdoors. As increasing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor recreation, our collective mark on the environment and its natural processes, increases. Litter, disturbance to vegetation, water pollution, wildlife, livestock and other people are all indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage. Techniques designed to minimise the social and environmental impacts to these areas are incorporated into the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Education Programme.

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace:

At the heart of Leave No Trace are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities. These are:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Be Considerate of Others
  3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
  4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Dispose of Waste Properly
  7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

Leave No Trace Ireland promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. The programme strives to build awareness, appreciation and respect for Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage and is dedicated to creating a nationally recognised and accepted outdoor ethic that promotes personal responsibility.It encourages all outdoor enthusiasts (e.g. walkers, mountain bikers, canoeists, orienteers, horse riders) to do their part to maintain those lands used by the public for the benefit of the environment and for future generations.

Practising a Leave No Trace ethic is simple. Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit.