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Lahinch Adventures has set out a strong environmental policy and action plan in the hope of developing sustainable tourism.

Lahinch Adventures is committed to the promotion of responsible tourism that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. Working to align tourism and conservation interests, and within the Geopark’s strategy to support and promote a sustainable tourism model that has positive economic benefits for the area whilst also minimizing negative impacts on the environment.

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark strategy is to create a distinctive destination, using quality and sustainability as key differentiators. This may be achieved through supporting businesses who subscribe to a sustainable tourism ethos, who undertake ecotourism training and who work towards the achievement of independent, third-party certification. It may also be achieved through supporting the development of new tourism initiatives in the region that meet social, economic and environmental criteria for sustainability.

Lahinch Adventures attempts  to work with tourism enterprises who share the Principles of Sustainable Tourism, and who demonstrate and/or are working towards the Geopark Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism.

This involves:
1. Working Together

Foster collaboration between all stakeholders to collectively develop and promote the Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination.

2. A Cared-for Landscape

Participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage in accordance with the European Geoparks Network Charter and Leave No Trace principles, and in compliance with relevant legislation.

3. A Well-understood Heritage

Ensure high standards of communication and understanding of the unique character of our place and our stories, emphasising the particular attributes and strengths of the Geopark.

4. Sustainable Tourism Management

Build capacity in destination management and stewardship, focusing on enhancing the quality and standards of visitor experiences and tourism products and services.

5. Vibrant Communities

Optimize tourism’s potential as both an economic and social development tool which benefits hosts as well as visitors.

6. Strengthened Livelihoods

Create strong economic benefits through product development, marketing and promotion, cost and energy savings, local sourcing and the creation of local employment.

 

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