Ecotourism in the Burren
At Doolin2Aran Ferries, we are proud to say that we have been fully fledged members of the Burren Ecotourism Network since January 2015.
As a ferry company, we acknowledge our responsibilities for protecting and enhancing the delicate environment in which we operate. We accept that our business has an important role to play in safeguarding this beautiful area for future generations and in securing the long-term sustainability of tourism in the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.
- Our Environmental Policy
Our Environmental Policy
To show that we at Doolin2Aran Ferries are committed to this policy, we undertake to:
- Operate sound environmental practices across our entire operation, ashore and afloat.
- Promote the Geopark Code of Practice and Leave No Trace policies to our passengers and suppliers.
- Produce an annual Environmental Plan setting out our Objectives, Targets and planned Actions
- Manage and minimise our waste and reduce our water consumption where possible
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle the resources consumed by our business wherever practical
- Fully comply with all relevant legislation
- Encourage our customers, suppliers and contractors to participate in our efforts to protect the environment
- Provide all employees with the necessary training and resources required to meet our objectives
- Openly communicate our policies and practices to interested parties
- Monitor and record our environmental impacts on a regular basis and compare our performance with our policies, objectives and targets
- Continuously promote sustainable transport options through our staff, our website and our booking/tourist office information
Major Targets & Objectives 2017
- To reduce our Energy consumption by 2%
- To introduce better recycling in all offices and boats and to reduce the waste we send to landfill by 5%
- To work with local agencies to improve the protection of the seabirds at the cliffs and to educate the public about their habitat
COMMUNITY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- To engage in a local “Clean Up” at least once a year in conjunction with Doolin Tidy Towns
- To communicate our performance & achievements through the ferry website, social media and a quarterly ezine
- Burren Ecotourism Network
Burren Ecotourism Network (B.E.N.)
Members of B.E.N. are tourism businesses from North Clare, large and small, who are united in their aim to establish the region as a leading, internationally-recognised sustainable tourism destination.
There is comprehensive and continuous support and training available to members and aspiring members allowing them to achieve independent accreditation and demonstrate ecotourism best practice. We members aim to speak as ‘one voice’ when representing the Burren and inspire positive conservation activity in our region.
The B.E.N. website provides comprehensive information on the Burren – click the links below for some specific details:
Hotels- B&Bs- Hostels- Camping/Caravan- Self Catering- Residential Venues Attractions- Walking- Climbing- Kayaking- Caving- Cycling- Other Attractions Pub Grub- Cafes- Restaurants- Food Trail- Artisan Producers- Food Festivals- Blog
- Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace
To learn more, visit http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/
7 Principles of Leave No Trace:
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
Practicing a Leave No Trace ethic is simple.
Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit!
Doolin2Aran Ferries are strong advocates of the Leave No Trace ethos. This is a network of organisations and individuals who value the environment by actively promoting the responsible recreational use of the outdoors. 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.
The Leave No Trace Ireland programme encourages all outdoor enthusiasts (e.g. walkers, mountain bikers, canoeists, orienteerers, horse riders) to do their part to maintain those lands used by the public for the benefit of the environment and for future generations.
- Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
In 2011, the Burren & Cliffs of Moher achieved Geopark status, and is now recognised among the top 100 Geoparks in the UK and Ireland. A “Geopark” is defined as a region with outstanding geology, culture and heritage where people are working together towards a sustainable future through tourism and education.
The Burren Ecotourism Network and the management organisation of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark enjoy a special relationship. Both organisations are committed to the promotion of responsible tourism that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. Having agreed in late 2012 to pool their resources in pursuit of their common objective, they work together to promote ‘The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark’ as a leading sustainable visitor destination, celebrated for high standards in visitor experience, conservation and learning.